BAE Systems was selected by the Pentagon to develop protective electronic warfare systems for one of the largest transport aircraft in the military fleet.
The work for C-130J Super Hercules, all of which will be done in at the company's Nashua location, is worth more than $20 million in the first year and is expected to exceed $400 million over the life of the contract.
The Radio Frequency Countermeasures developed by BAE are designed to disrupt the enemy radio signals needed for precision-guided weapons and sensor systems.
"The advanced system will significantly increase the aircraft's ability to detect and defeat both surface and airborne threats in signal-dense and highly contested environments," according to a BAE statement.
"This award is a significant milestone as it not only builds on our strong electronic warfare legacy, but also extends our proven electronic warfare capability to a large platform aircraft," said Brian Walters, vice president and general manager of Electronic Combat Solutions at BAE Systems. "Our all-digital system will ensure the mission-critical C-130J fleet remains capable and protected in the harshest environments."
The RFCM system is designed to be integrated into the MC-130J Commando II and the AC-130J Ghostrider aircraft in support of special operations missions, including armed protection and refueling of helicopters in war zones, close air support and interdiction missions in hostile territory.
BAE is New Hampshire's largest manufacturing employer, with locations in Nashua and Merrimack.
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