BAE Systems to Supply AN/ASQ-239 Electronic Warfare System for F-35 Lightning II
BAE Systems to Supply AN/ASQ-239 Electronic Warfare System for F-35 Lightning II

BAE Systems to Supply AN/ASQ-239 Electronic Warfare System for F-35 Lightning II

BAE Systems is providing additional EW systems, retrofit kits, and spares for the F-35 – providing critical situational awareness and survivability capabilities. BAE Systems, Inc. is providing Lockheed Martin with additional electronic warfare (EW) systems, retrofit kits, and spares for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The contract builds on BAE Systems’ on-time delivery of more than 800 state-of-the-art AN/ASQ-239 electronic warfare/countermeasure systems to date, providing F-35 jets with critical situational awareness and survivability capabilities.

The AN/ASQ-239 electronic warfare suite is an advanced, fully integrated, cost-effective system providing the F-35 platform with 360º situational awareness and end-to-end capabilities – now and into the future. It has the world’s most advanced, fully-integrated electronic warfare (EW) and countermeasures technology – the AN/ASQ-239 system – designed, produced, modernized, and sustained by BAE Systems. The AN/ASQ-239 is also built for the future, with an architecture system that allows new capabilities to be added for the F-35 fifth-generation aircraft.

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AN/ASQ-239 electronic warfare/countermeasure systems
BAE Systems AN/ASQ-239 electronic warfare/countermeasure systems

This Lot 16 award comes as BAE Systems delivers Lot 14 systems and executes material orders for Lot 15. The company is currently producing 18 shipsets a month as it ramps production to more than 20 shipsets a month in 2022 to match F-35 aircraft Low Rate Initial Production. The AN/ASQ-239 EW system provides advanced offensive and defensive capabilities that enable the F-35 to engage complex and highly capable threats. The innovative system is designed for performance, manufacturability, sustainability, and future upgradability.

BAE Systems is a leader in system affordability, having reduced the cost of the F-35 EW system by 77% since it was first produced and achieving all affordability targets since the inception of the program. The company is also among Lockheed Martin’s highest-rated suppliers for both quality and on-time delivery. BAE Systems also is a leader in EW – designing, manufacturing, and sustaining some of the most advanced systems in the world. The company is focused on agile engineering, manufacturing, and sustainment solutions to accelerate the transition of laboratory innovations to the field. The company’s expertise in performance-based logistics has yielded a 60% improvement in F-35 EW system availability.

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