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Electronic Warfare

Electronic warfare technology

F-35 at night
Our electronic warfare technology delivers superior situational awareness, even in the most complex battlespace. Defeating threats long before they can be seen is how we provide the critical edge.

World leader in electronic warfare

BAE Systems is the premier mission systems provider of affordable and effective electronic warfare (EW) solutions. With more than 60 years of experience, we have flown systems on over 80 platforms and operate on 80% of U.S. military fixed-wing aircraft. BAE Systems is the sole EW provider for 5th generation aircraft, and our production of integrated systems for 4th generation aircraft extends platform purpose to enhance aircraft survivability and mission capability for future use.

Delivering on our commitment

BAE Systems supports all stages of the product lifecycle — development, production, and sustainment. Having delivered more than 13,500 tactical systems, our hot production line and global support network give our customers a rapid fielding advantage. We have invested more than $100 million into our production facilities – including the completion of three state-of-the-art microwave manufacturing factories. In addition, we have also expanded our Advanced Composites Manufacturing facility and have invested more than $30 million in our Electronic Warfare Integrated Manufacturing Center. This 42,000-square-foot expansion integrates Radio Frequency final, circuit card assembly, and environmental test services for electronic warfare programs into one co-located facility. With continued facility investments and the insertion of new technology capabilities into our manufacturing processes, BAE Systems is committed to driving performance and delivering the highest quality product on time to our warfighters.

Cutting-edge technology

Threats are evolving at a rapid pace, with adversaries attacking our defenses in ways never seen before. With broad bandwidth, near-instantaneous detection, and industry-leading signal processing, our advanced technology counters current and emerging threats for all three EW missions: electronic attack, electronic protection, and electronic support. With the longest sensor range in the industry, our systems are our customer’s first alert to threats.

Next-generation technology

Our research and development business solves some of the United States’ most critical defense and intelligence problems in the areas of advanced electronics, autonomy, cyber, electronic warfare, and sensors and processing. Each of these technologies is leveraged in BAE Systems distributed EW capabilities. Other EW R&D capabilities include anti-jam/electronic protection, multispectral EW, cognitive EW, and EW demonstration systems.


Electronic Support Electronic Attack
  • Rapid detection, identification, and tracking
  • Direction finding and geolocation
  • Passive targeting support
  • Missile warning    
  • Threat analysis and response
  • Multispectral, RF/threat management 
  • Off-board and on-board self-protection
Electronic Protection Mission support
  • Operational analysis
  • Mission planning tools and data file generators
  • Mission and battle management
  • Avionics test systems and maintenance aids


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