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BAE Systems receives $100 million plus to support F-35’s electronic warfare system

BAE Systems received a more than $100 million contract from Lockheed Martin to support the maintenance and replacement of electronic warfare systems on the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.

The company will manage the supply chain for the electronic warfare system and maintain regional warehouses with on-hand inventories of critical components.

BAE Systems manufacturers the electronic warfare suite for the Lockheed Martin F-35, called the AN/ASQ-239 Barracuda system. The system’s avionics and sensors provide a 360-degree view of the aircraft’s surroundings, detecting and geo-locating electronic emitters to give pilots the option to evade, engage, counter or jam threats.

The F-35 sustainability contract will be based on performance-based logistics, which will include repair and upgrade of the ASQ-239, BAE Systems said. The company will support all F-35 variants and customers around the world under the contract.

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