BAE Systems Status As World's Leading Electronic Warfare House

BAE Systems Inc., the U.S. arm of Britain's biggest defense contractor, revealed Wednesday that it had received a contract from Lockheed Martin to provide Block 4 upgrades to the electronic warfare (EW) system on the F-35 fighter. Awards from prime contractors to subcontractors within weapons programs usually fall below the radar horizon of defense business coverage, but in this case it is important news.

F-35 is by far the biggest weapons program in the world, expected to provide over 3,000 fighters to three U.S. military services and a dozen allies. It is equipped with the most advanced suite of offensive and defensive electronic warfare equipment ever created, a system that is continuously improved in response to emerging threats and the availability of new technologies.

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