U.S. Special Operations Command Selects BAE Systems Electronic Warfare Suite for C-130 Aircrafts

BAE Systems will be providing new electronic warfare (EW) systems for U.S. Special Operations Command’s (SOCOM) fleet of AC/MC-130J aircraft. The company received a $67 million contract modification to a competitively awarded contract. As part of this contract, BAE Systems 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.

This new phase of the program is for the systems integration and installation of the EW systems - all to be conducted over the next 30 months. The contract’s total value, including all options, is expected to exceed $300 million.

Designed to be integrated into both the Air Force’s AC-130J Ghostrider and MC-130J Commando II aircraft, the company’s Radio Frequency Countermeasure (RFCM) system supports varied and critical Special Operation Forces missions, including armed over-watch, helicopter refueling, close air support, and interdiction in contested territory.

With this new system, BAE Systems expands the operational capabilities of the AC/MC-130J, allowing it to detect and defeat both surface and airborne threats. The RFCM system is a platform-level solution with fully integrated situational awareness, precision geo-location, and radio frequency countermeasure capabilities. The system penetrates modern integrated air defense systems, providing the fleet with rapid response capabilities to protect the aircrew.