F-35 airframe integrator Lockheed Martin has awarded BAE Systems a contract to execute Block 4 upgrades to the fighter’s electronic warfare system. This move ensures that BAE will remain the electronic warfare source for the foreseeable future on what is by far the world’s biggest weapons program. It not only is a vote of confidence in the pricing and performance of BAE’s electronic warfare work, but a guarantee that the company will remain at the forefront of an arcane market segment crucial to future military successes. Dominating the electromagnetic spectrum has become a key objective of Pentagon planners, and BAE’s ability to deliver the necessary expertise is a very valuable franchise going forward. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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