Having recently inked a follow-up contract with the US Air Force, Lockheed Martin will continue to provide support for the Shared Early Warning System (SEWS). Currently installed at 37 sites worldwide, SEWS provides support to three different theater areas of responsibility: the US European Command, US Central Command, and US Pacific Command regions. The system distributes data from US missile warning systems to combatant commanders, in addition to select foreign nations.

Per the contract’s terms, Lockheed Martin (working in tandem with the SEWS team) will standardize and normalize the system’s architecture. Engineering and administrative support will also be provided in the areas of foreign military sales (FMS) case development, international traffic and arms regulations (ITAR)/export control, releasability planning, equipment acquisition, configuration management, equipment installation, maintenance/sustainment, and R&D initiatives.

Awarded by the Air Force’s Electronics System Center, Space C2, and Surveillance Division (based out of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado), the initial contract award is for $21.5 million. Its potential value over a 5-year period is $78 million.