BAE Systems receives contract modification for AC/MC-130J aircraft programme


BAE Systems has secured a contract modification to provide new electronic warfare (EW) systems for the US Special Operations Command’s (SOCOM) fleet of AC/MC-130J aircraft.

Under the terms of the latest $67m deal, the company will upgrade the aircraft’s survivability equipment with the capability to detect, identify, locate, deny, degrade, disrupt, and defeat various threats that aircrews encounter in hostile and challenging environments.

The deal is a modification of a competitively awarded contract, whose total value is expected to exceed $300m.

BAE Systems Electronic Combat Solutions vice-president and general manager Brian Walters said: “With our all-digital system, we’re leveraging the latest, most advanced EW technology to create a highly mission-customised solution so that SOCOM’s fleet remains capable and protected in the harshest of environments.

“This award builds on our strong EW legacy and extends our proven capability to large fixed-wing aircraft.”

BAE’s Radio Frequency Countermeasure (RFCM) system has been designed to be integrated into the air force’s AC-130J Ghostrider and MC-130J Commando II aircraft.

"We’re leveraging the latest, most advanced EW technology to create a highly mission-customised solution so that SOCOM’s fleet remains capable and protected in the harshest of environments."

The RFCM system is claimed to support varied and critical Special Operation Forces missions such as armed over-watch, helicopter refuelling, close air support, and interdiction in contested territory.

This offers fully integrated situational awareness, precision geolocation, and radio frequency countermeasure capabilities, according to BAE.

Integration of the new system is expected to expand the operational capabilities of the AC/MC-130J, allowing it to detect and defeat both surface and airborne threats.

The system penetrates modern integrated air defence systems, by providing the fleet with rapid response capabilities to protect the aircrew.


Image: AC/MC-130J radio frequency countermeasure (RFCM) system. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.