NEC member BAE Systems – New Hampshire’s largest manufacturing employer – has been awarded a $30 million contract from the U.S. Navy for military antenna arrays. The antennae are an important part of the ‘Interrogator System,’ which distinguishes enemy vessels and aircraft from allies during multi-target situations.
Under the three year contract, BAE Systems will produce 6 OE-120 antenna groups. The OE-120 is an electronically steerable antenna group which can be directed in microseconds to assess any target on the horizon. The six contracted by the Naval Air Systems Command will be used on four Navy Burke-class destroyers, one America-class amphibious assault ship, and for the Missile Defense. Work on the antennae will be done in Nashua, New Hampshire, and is expected to be completed in May 2018.
“US Navy aerial warfare systems designers needed special circular antenna arrays for the friend-or-foe interrogator system aboard surface warships that distinguishes friendly vessels and aircraft nearby during combat operations. They found their military solution from the BAE Systems Electronic Systems Sector in Nashua,” said John Keller, editor of Military and Aerospace Electronics, according to the Union Leader.
The New England Council applauds BAE Systems for its work to provide our military with state-of-the-art equipment to keep servicemen and women safe.