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"This will be a big leap": the US Navy is modernizing shipborne electronic warfare systems

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The importance of electronic warfare systems is growing day by day. So the US Navy decided to attend to the modernization of shipborne electronic warfare systems.


Tyler Rogoway, author of The Drive, writes about the biggest leap ahead for American electronic warfare systems installed on Navy warships. Although electronic warfare systems, the American analyst writes, are not as interesting as high-tech missiles or lasers, they can play an essential role in protecting ships from enemy missile attacks.

Currently, American ships are using the latest version of the long-standing AN / SLQ-32 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP), designed to defend against the strikes of anti-ship attacks. The new version of this system was named AN / SLQ-32 (V) 7 SEWIP Block III. According to Rogovey, this version is more dynamic in repelling electronic attacks than the previous one, which was achieved through software optimization.

Both versions of the SEWIP Block III and Block II programs are part of the Naval Command's initiative to create a more coherent and user-friendly architecture for electronic warfare on ships. Currently, the US Navy is working on the problem of ensuring dominance in the electronic space, to create maximum interference with the enemy in the event of his attempts to strike at ships.

For the production of new electronic warfare equipment, the Pentagon signed a base contract worth more than $ 100 million with Northrop Grumman. The total amount of the contract exceeds $ 1 billion, and the readiness of the American military department for such costs indicates a change in the attitude towards electronic warfare: they are no longer considered as something secondary to offensive weapons.

Initially, the new electronic warfare system will be installed on Arleigh-Burke-class destroyers, and only then will be adapted for other warships of the US Navy. Northrop Grumman is talking about the revolutionary capabilities of the maritime electronic warfare system, which open up in the event of a new system being put into service.

We are writing a new chapter in stories AN / SLQ-32 systems. Innovation will revolutionize action fleet in battles of the near future,

- said Ingrid Vaughan, Vice President and General Manager for Marine and Land Systems Northrop Grumman.

It is not yet very clear what SEWIP Block III will look like in its final configuration. The new version of the electronic warfare system will be able to suppress enemy communications, data transmission channels, control channels for unmanned aerial vehicles, and provide opportunities for direct electronic attacks on enemy aircraft and ships. Modern software will make it easy to modify the system to constantly test new capabilities and technical solutions.

Tyler Rogoway agrees with the opinion of the corporation and argues that the day when the SEWIP Block III system will be installed on US Navy ships will be the beginning of a new era in the history of electronic warfare used in the Navy.

There is also no doubt that the Pentagon's increased attention to the modernization of electronic warfare systems on US Navy ships is associated with the significant role that the fleet will play in the event of aggravation of US-Chinese relations and a possible conflict in the Asia-Pacific region.
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  1. aszzz888
    aszzz888 5 October 2020 09: 01
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    We are writing a new chapter in the history of the AN / SLQ-32 system. Innovation will fundamentally change the way the fleet operates in the battles of the near futureand,
    Merikatosnya does not even hide that he will fight? The question is with whom?
    1. newcomer
      newcomer 5 October 2020 09: 10
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      Guess three times. Another century of wound licking is passing. Soon they will come for a fresh portion of Lula.
      1. 9PA
        9PA 5 October 2020 11: 08
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        Yes, only our brave Leader is not.
    2. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 5 October 2020 09: 10
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      ... There is also no doubt that the Pentagon's increased attention to the modernization of electronic warfare systems on US Navy ships is associated with the significant role that the fleet will play in the event of aggravation of US-China relations and a possible conflict in the Asia-Pacific region.
      1. newcomer
        newcomer 5 October 2020 09: 15
        +1
        Do you think in the case of China, this cup will pass us? You are an optimist.
      2. ZEMCH
        ZEMCH 5 October 2020 16: 08
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        AN / SLQ-32 does not work well against passive RGSN and CU from satellites, like the DF-21D. This is if about China.
        1. OgnennyiKotik
          OgnennyiKotik 5 October 2020 18: 29
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          There is a tool for every task.
          1. ZEMCH
            ZEMCH 5 October 2020 18: 31
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            That's for sure, on a tricky one .. but - a bolt with a screw.
    3. Altona
      Altona 5 October 2020 09: 15
      +2
      Quote: aszzz888
      Merikatosnya does not even hide that he will fight? The question is with whom?

      ---------------------------
      Actually, there is no need to fight. It is enough to play off the natives and they themselves will disarm themselves with "democratic reforms." Then just bring the armada to the next bank and threaten to rotate the turrets of the guns or push the launch pads of the missiles. In general, there are many methods of non-violent weakening of the enemy, and these methods work successfully, it is enough to recall our recent history.
      1. ZEMCH
        ZEMCH 5 October 2020 18: 33
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        For some reason, each "aborigine" considers himself special, and steps on a rake))) As a result, Kyrgyzstan is on its way)))
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 5 October 2020 09: 09
    +3
    The process is continuous. Means of defense / defense, against means of attack!
    Who will win???
  3. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 5 October 2020 09: 29
    +2
    Northrop Grumman talk about the revolutionary capabilities of the maritime electronic warfare system, which open up in the event of the introduction of a new system.
    Plain manufacturer flyer
    Modern software will make it easy to modify the system to constantly test new capabilities and technical solutions.
    The only real thought in the article. The new software will be easily upgradeable and responsive to constant updates.
    1. newcomer
      newcomer 5 October 2020 09: 40
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      ... highly susceptible to constant updates and suppression signals from our electronic warfare.
      1. KVU-NSVD
        KVU-NSVD 5 October 2020 09: 41
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        Quote: newbie
        ... highly susceptible to constant updates and suppression signals from our electronic warfare.

        A strong shield will never cancel a sharp sword.
    2. ZEMCH
      ZEMCH 5 October 2020 18: 37
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      Quote: KVU-NSVD
      The new software will be easily upgradable and susceptible to constant updates

      as practice shows, new software is always limited by the capabilities of the "hardware")))
      1. KVU-NSVD
        KVU-NSVD 5 October 2020 18: 54
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        Quote: ZEMCH
        The total amount of the contract exceeds $ 1 billion,

        And the iron will be changed.
        The total amount of the contract exceeds $ 1 billion,
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 5 October 2020 09: 49
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    "This will be a big leap forward"
    A big or small jump will turn out, time will tell. And the fact that one cannot do without electronic warfare systems in possible modern combat operations is a fact.
  5. Vitaly Tsymbal
    Vitaly Tsymbal 5 October 2020 09: 52
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    I read about the "jump" - I immediately remembered successful experts in horse racing from one country ... can amers ask these specialists to come to them ... especially since these specialists have real combat experience in modern conditions as "mosquitoes" to defeat enemy fleets !!!
  6. Avior
    Avior 5 October 2020 10: 13
    +3
    AN / SLQ-32 was a powerful and advanced station with phased array antennas before that, but judging by the photos of the antennas of the new version, the station's capabilities will increase.
    1. Vita vko
      Vita vko 5 October 2020 10: 55
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      Quote: Avior
      the capacity of the station will increase

      With each new adoption of anti-ship missiles (BrahMos or Yingji-8 ..), it is necessary to carry out a new modernization to adapt the counteraction to new active seeker. At the same time, no one has canceled passive methods, and the better the electronic warfare system "shines", the more effective will be the PRLR and anti-ship missiles with passive seeker. To hammer in the guidance algorithms automatic switching from active to passive modes has long been no problem. Therefore, most likely this is another cut of the American budget with accompanying self-promotion.
      1. Avior
        Avior 5 October 2020 11: 02
        +1
        To hammer in the guidance algorithms automatic switching from active to passive modes of problems has long been gone.

        this has long been foreseen.

        Maybe it is aimed at him, he is intended for this.
        And on the destroyer they do not put imitation obstacles, but leads away.
  7. Cowbra
    Cowbra 5 October 2020 10: 30
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    Until it is used in combat conditions, I will believe. For example, the boasted impenetrable Ijinihrena did not help in the attack on Aramko, when two destroyers dangled in the bay. Anyway, any American project resembles a bunch - there is a lot of sound and from effects - only a lot of stink
    1. Avior
      Avior 5 October 2020 11: 07
      +2
      Was Aramko deep in the land, nothing? Destroyers on the sand cannot approach ...
      1. Cowbra
        Cowbra 5 October 2020 11: 13
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        IDZHIS was developed as part of a missile defense system to intercept everything that flies - nothing? And there is a complex strike with everything that flies, and the destroyers there were part of the air defense / missile defense of exactly ArAmKo - an Arab-American company, that is why they hung out there. And so yes, then the skirt is long, then there is that short ...
        1. Avior
          Avior 5 October 2020 11: 41
          +1
          IDZHIS was developed as part of a missile defense system to intercept everything that flies - nothing? And there is a complex strike with everything that flies, and the destroyers there were part of the air defense / missile defense of exactly ArAMKo

          why do you think so? can you give a link?
          but about Aramko, it's the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, the Americans have not had a relationship with it for 40 years ...
          1. Cowbra
            Cowbra 5 October 2020 11: 45
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            Aegis (missile defense system) - Wikipedia

            I told you, he's here at work. Only bots on the training manual include the dumb. Or do you need a link to the commander's order to protect ArAmKo? So I have nothing to do with the Pentagon, it's even closer to you to ask personally. And of course they didn't defend their plant! And in general, they stared into the BV not for oil, but for democracy
            1. Avior
              Avior 5 October 2020 11: 50
              +2
              you don't need a commander, give someone to someone so that it would be clear who said it. So far I've only heard this from you, but where are you from?
    2. Interlocutor
      Interlocutor 5 October 2020 12: 25
      +1
      Until it is used in combat conditions, I will believe. For example, the boasted impenetrable Ijinihrena did not help in the attack on Aramko, when two destroyers dangled in the bay. Anyway, any American project resembles a bunch - there is a lot of sound and from effects - only a lot of stink


      There is more to say. No country has yet fired a full submarine or surface salvo of missiles from a submarine. And not a single country has yet thrown a continental missile in real opposition from the opposing side.
      Well, okay ...
      1. ZEMCH
        ZEMCH 5 October 2020 19: 29
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        Quote: Interlocutor
        No country has yet fired a full submerged or surfaced salvo of missiles from a submarine.

        Operation "Begemot-2" does not tell you anything)))
        "Begemot-2" was carried out at 21 hours 9 minutes on August 6, 1991 and was completely successful: from the nuclear submarine K-407 "Novomoskovsk" 16 missiles were launched, all ammunition, with an interval of 14 seconds. The boat commander is Captain Second Rank Sergei Egorov. This is the world's first volley of 16 ICBMs in the history of submarine missile carriers
        1. Interlocutor
          Interlocutor 5 October 2020 20: 22
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          Operation "Begemot-2" does not tell you anything)))
          "Begemot-2" was carried out at 21 hours 9 minutes on August 6, 1991 and was completely successful: from the nuclear submarine K-407 "Novomoskovsk" 16 missiles were launched, all ammunition, with an interval of 14 seconds. The boat commander is Captain Second Rank Sergei Egorov. This is the world's first volley of 16 ICBMs in the history of submarine missile carriers


          Respect for the information. So someone tried it.
    3. ZEMCH
      ZEMCH 5 October 2020 19: 48
      +1
      And not only with ArAmCo, during the tests of the American ship-based Aegis anti-missile system at the USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), one subsonic target BQM-74 with remote control was launched. As a result, the missile crashed into the cruiser, which can be regarded as a complete defeat and loss of the ship.
      When a rocket hit the ship, two sailors were injured, as well as the ship itself.
      Photo from UT San Diego




      Aegis is not a panacea, for responding against Mosquito or Granite 2,5 - 5 seconds. When approaching the target, they also maneuver)))