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Revolutionary L3Harris Viper Shield EW System Secures Long-Lead Material Contract

L3Harris Technologies has been awarded an indefinite contract by Lockheed Martin to acquire essential supplies for the Viper Shield electronic warfare system, thereby expediting the worldwide distribution of the product. The AN/ALQ-254(V)1 Viper Shield functions as the fundamental EW system for Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft production, servicing the international F-16 fleet.

It is a digital radio frequency memory (DRFM)-based jamming system that provides enhanced defense against sophisticated threats. The procurement contract, coupled with a potential full-rate contract award for Viper Shield ship sets, will enable prompt distribution of EW capabilities to customers across the globe.

L3Harris’ President of Space and Airborne Systems, Ed Zoiss, stated that “Viper Shield protects next-generation F-16 fighters from previously unimaginable threats by providing a radio frequency shield, a warning receiver and jamming system, around the aircraft,” adding that this contract brings the company a step closer to providing customers with the most advanced EW system that can ensure successful mission completion in complex battlespace situations. In late 2022, Viper Shield passed the critical design review milestone with Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force, demonstrating interoperability with the new APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar.

The Viper Shield program remains on track, with plans for installation on next-generation F-16 aircraft for various international air defense forces. L3Harris has been providing EW systems for F-16s for over 30 years, with many nations around the world currently relying on their existing systems. The company has already received commitments from various international air forces for Viper Shield due to its operational capabilities, advanced technology, and cost-effectiveness.

With over 46,000 employees, L3Harris Technologies is a Trusted Disruptor in the aerospace and defense industry, providing end-to-end technology solutions across the space, air, land, sea, and cyber domains to meet customers’ mission-critical needs.

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