The US Navy has awarded a $59 million contract to Bae Systems for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of an Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) Radio Frequency Countermeasures (RFCM) system which will be deployed initially on Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft, followed by US Air Force B-1B and F-15 aircraft.
The system incorporates high sensitivity receivers and off-board countermeasures that provide an electronic warfare defence for US military aircraft against current and future RF missile threats.
Under phase one, the Information & Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS) business unit of Bae Systems North America, will deliver six onboard systems, 30 fibre optic towed decoys (FOTD) plus spares.
An option for Phase 2 would provide an additional 14 onboard systems, 30 fibre optic towed decoys, spares, and provisions for foreign military sales. Total value of the contract, including options, could reach $145 million.
IDECM RFCM incorporates avionics, including the on-board receiver and processing system developed and manufactured by ITT Industries’ Avionics Division, and the off-board countermeasures which include the high power FOTD and deployment canister developed by Bae Systems.