US Navy awards Harris $27M contract for electronic warfare payloads

Illustration: Sailors are placing a MK-53 Nulka Decoy Launching System on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Photo: US Navy

The U.S. Navy has American defense contractor Harris Corporation a $27 million order to deliver maritime electronic warfare (EW) payloads for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Advanced Decoy Architecture Project (ADAP) program.

The order, issued under a three-year, $54 million ceiling IDIQ contract received in September 2015, also includes testing and engineering services to help meet current and future EW mission requirements, the company said.

The Harris-developed ADAP EW payloads represent an upgrade to the existing BAE Systems-built Nulka decoy, currently in service with the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Royal Australian Navy and Royal Canadian Navy.

“Decoys are an essential layer of shipboard protection, often serving as the last line of electronic defense,” said Ed Zoiss, president, Harris Electronic Systems.

“Harris ADAP payloads defeat the most sophisticated RF-guided anti-ship weapons with electronic techniques built upon decades of electronic warfare and countermeasure design experience.”

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