Defence component and subsystems supplier E2V technologies has sold more than £4m worth of electron devices and microwave subsystems to BAE Systems.
The first order, worth £2.2m, is for components and subsystems for the radar platform on the UK Royal Navy’s Seawolf air-defence system.
Further orders, worth $3.9m (£2.4m), have been made under a 2008 contract, which makes E2V the prime supplier of electron devices to BAE Systems.
These devices will be used by the US Department of Defense for a fibre-optic towed decoy system on the US Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft. The latest orders under the contract are for the low-rate initial production stages.
E2V’s electron devices deliver the radio frequency (RF) power used by the towed decoy, dubbed Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) Radio Frequency Countermeasures (RFCM) AN/ALE-55(V).
When deployed, the system will be towed behind an aircraft, protecting it against RF-guided missiles.
Following a maximum two-year ramp up to full production, subsequent orders through the contract will be worth approximately £4m per annum. These orders will be delivered over a 17-year period.