BAE Systems has been selected by US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to develop a new electronic warfare system for the fleet of C-130J aircraft. The contract, worth more than $20 million, was announced by the company on January 4. It is the first phase of a multi-phase programme to upgrade aircraft system survivability and the capability to detect, identify, locate, deny, degrade, disrupt, and defeat threat systems in operational significant environments. The life cycle value of the contract is expected to exceed $400 million.
The Radio Frequency Countermeasure (RFCM) system offers fully integrated, precision geo-location and radio frequency countermeasure capabilities. The company says that the advanced system will significantly enhance the electronic threat protection capability of the C-130J, increasing the aircraft’s ability to detect and defeat both surface and airborne threats in signal-dense and highly contested environments.
Brian Walters, vice president and general manager of Electronic Combat Solutions at BAE Systems, said:“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. Our all-digital RFCM system will ensure the mission-critical C-130J fleet remains capable and protected in the harshest environments.”
Designed to be integrated into both the MC-130J Commando II and the AC-130J Ghostrider aircraft, the RFCM system will support the varied and critical missions of Special Operation Forces. These missions include the use of C-130Js for armed over-watch and refuelling of helicopters in denied territories, as well as for close air support and interdiction missions in the most sensitive and hostile of territories.