The U.S. Naval Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC) has awarded a $7.1-million indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery (IDIQ) contract to Mercury Systems for advanced RF tuners, digital receivers, and related equipment. The radio gear is meant to serve as spares during the installation of the AN/SLQ-32(V)6 electronic countermeasure system on U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships. Work on the contract, which will be performed at Mercury’s Chelmsford, Mass. facility, is expected to be completed by May 2020. The AN/SLQ-32(V)6 is part of the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP), an upgrade to the AN/SLQ-32 electronic warfare (EW) anti-ship missile defense system.

According to Charlie Hudnall, general manager of Mercury’s Embedded Sensor Products group, “The Navy’s requirement to deny or degrade hostile uses of the electromagnetic spectrum has placed new demands on existing electronic warfare systems…“This contract reaffirms Mercury’s leading-edge capabilities in RF, digital signal processing and data movement.”