FOAEWFuture Organic Airborne Early Warning
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The UK's Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded a nine-month concept-phase study contract to the team of BAE Systems (Filton, Bristol, UK) and the Airborne Early Warning and Electronic Warfare (AEW&EW) Systems business area of Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems Sector (Dallas, TX) for the Future Organic Airborne Early Warning (FOAEW) program.
BAE and Northrop Grumman will explore mission-system concepts, particularly in terms of the surveillance radar, and the risks of integration aboard several platform types, with the objective of defining key program drivers regarding performance, cost, and schedule leading up to follow-on phases for the FOAEW program.
The FOAEW element, expected to enter service in 2012, is but one component of a package of naval assets to be procured by the Royal Navy.