BAE Systems has installedÂ updatedÂ AN/ASQ-239 electronic warfare systemsÂ into the nation’s fleet of F-35 Lightning II aircraft following efforts to expand the companyâ€™s manufacturing capacity.
BAE Systems said Thursday it previously invested $100M into an 80K-square footÂ facility, implemented automated manufacturing processesÂ and increased its workforce by over 23 percent to support the AN/ASQ-239 production effort.
The defense firm has been delivering 11 updated AN/ASQ-239 systems per month to match the speed of aircraft production.
Deborah Norton, vice president of F-35 solutions at BAE Systems, said the firm has delivered around 400 of the EW platforms to date.
â€œThis technology insertion gives the EW system room to grow, and will help the F-35 maintain its dominance of the electromagnetic spectrum,â€ she added.
The AN/ASQ-239 system has radar and targeting features and is designed for real-time situational awareness as well as countering, jamming or engaging threats.