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Electronic warfare

Electronic warfare technology

F-35 at night
BAE Systems is the world leader in electronic warfare, maximizing mission effectiveness and warfighter survivability for all three electronic warfare missions: electronic attack, electronic protection, and electronic support.

Built on a foundation of more than 60 years of experience, BAE Systems has emerged as the world leader in electronic warfare, flying systems on more than 80 platforms. Unsurpassed in the field across the electromagnetic spectrum, our state-of-the-art technology maximizes mission survivability for the warfighter, providing end-to-end capabilities to counter current and emerging threats.

The success of today was shaped by the development of radar defense and surveillance technology, during the 1950s, that is still the basis for modern systems. The development of this early system helped drive the creation of a state-of-the-art countermeasure system which was aboard all U.S. carrier-based aircraft during the Vietnam War.

Over the course of the next 20 years, industry-leading countermeasure technology was developed to create an integrated electronic warfare suite and stealthy antenna system for the F-22.

BAE Systems’ excellence continues apace. We are creating the electronic warfare suite for the F-35 Lightning II. Additionally, our development and delivery of the Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS) has given the F-15 extended purpose worldwide, enhancing the aircraft’s survivability and mission capability for future use.

Building on our rich heritage, BAE Systems remains committed to developing technology to counter emerging threats to the warfighter. Much of that development begins in the Dr. John R. Kreick Infrared Jam and Simulation Lab, where our engineers work closely with missiles and infrared-guided air systems to develop countermeasure techniques. With 48 years of missile testing experience, this lab helps us determine how specific missiles operate and how to improve jamming technology. Utilizing six jamming simulators, we evaluate more than 48,000 missile shots from over 30 different missile types per day.

Innovating to meet the future needs of the warfighter, BAE Systems has produced more than 12,000 tactical electronic warfare systems. Built on a foundation of revolutionary technology, BAE Systems is committed to excellence, as we continue to expand our technological offerings to help maximize mission effectiveness and warfighter survivability in electronic attack, electronic protection, and electronic warfare support missions now and into the future.


Electronic protection Electronic support

Multispectral, RF/IR countermeasures

Off-board and on-board systems

Rapid detection, identification, and tracking

Direction finding and geolocation

Passive targeting support

Missile warning

Electronic attack Mission support

Electronic attack of military and commercial communications, navigation, and radar systems

Threat analysis and response

Multispectral, RF/threat management systems

Off-board and on-board self-protection systems

Operational analysis

Mission planning tools and data file generators

Mission and battle management

Avionics test systems and maintenance aids


EW evolution

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EW capabilities

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EC-130H Compass Call









Other classified platforms


Key products

  • AN/ALR-94 F-22 Multi-band Defensive ECM System
  • AN/ALQ-239 Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS)
  • AN/ASQ-239 F-35 EW/CM System
  • AN/APR-50 B-2 Defensive Management System

Electronic warfare products

  • AN/ALE-55 Fiber-Optic Towed Decoy
  • AN/ALR-56C Radar Warning Receiver
  • AN/ALR-56M Radar Warning Receiver
  • Stores System Tester (SST)
  • AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS)
  • AN/ALE-47 Chaff/Flare Dispensing system
  • AN/ALE-52V Countermeasures
  • AN/ALE-58 BOL Countermeasures
  • AN/ALM-288 (ALE-47 Tester)
  • AN/ALQ-221 Integrated EW
  • AN/ALQ-144 Infrared (IR) Countermeasures Set
  • AN/ALQ-157 Infrared Countermeasure
  • AN/ALQ-161 Band 8
  • AN/ALQ-212 Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM)
  • AN/ALR-2001 ESM System
  • AN/USM-464 (A)
  • JETEYE™ Commercial Airliner Infrared Missile Protection