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US Special Ops Taps BAE for Electronic Warfare Systems

By S.L. Fuller | July 13, 2017

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Photo: BAE Systems

BAE Systems has been selected to provide new electronic warfare systems of the U.S. Special Operations Command’s (SOCOM) fleet of Lockheed AC/MC-130Js, BAE said. The company’s radio frequency countermeasure (RFCM) system is to integrated into both the Air Force’s AC-130J Ghostrider and MC130J Commando II.

“With our all-digital system, we’re leveraging the latest, most advanced EW technology to create a highly mission-customized solution so that SOCOM’s fleet remains capable and protected in the harshest of environments,” said Brian Walters, VP and general manager of electronic combat solutions at BAE. “This award builds on our strong [electronic warfare] legacy and extends our proven capability to large fixed-wing aircraft.”

This is a contract modification to a previous award. Altogether, the contract is expected to exceed $300 million, according to the company. The BAE installation includes upgraded survivability equipment able to detect, identify, locate, deny, degrade, disrupt and defeat a variety of threats. It has been used in support of various Special Operation Forces missions, including armed overwatch, helicopter refueling, close air support and interdiction in contested territory, BAE said.

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