Lockheed Martin [LMT] has awarded BAE Systems a five-year deal to manage an electronic warfare (EW) system for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Under the contract, announced Tuesday, BAE will handle supply chain logistics and ensure mission readiness for the AN/ASQ-239 system aboard F-35 aircraft.
“As a leader in EW systems for the world’s most advanced aircraft, we understand how critical readiness is for our customers,” Betsy Warren, BAE’s director of F-35 sustainment, said in a statement. “We’ll ensure that the F-35 EW supply chain is in place for Lockheed Martin and the Department of Defense.”
The AN/ASQ-236 system includes advanced sensors to maximize range detection and provide options for engaging or countering jamming threats.
BAE is responsible for maintaining regional warehouses stocked with critical EW components to rapidly deploy EW system upgrades as needed.