Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (LM RMS) is awarded a contract, worth around $98.7 million, by the U.S. Navy for sustainment of the LCS COMBATSS-21 combat management system.
The work executed under this contract will include maintenance and evolution of the LCS COMBATSS-21 (the backbone of the ship’s mission system) and associated combat system elements in support of operational U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).
The work includes development, integration, test and delivery of future combat system baseline upgrades for in-service ships, supporting ship integration, installation and checkout, developmental test/operational test, developing training and logistics products, providing field technical support for combat systems, providing hardware engineering, equipment procurement and providing life-cycle supportability engineering and fleet support for fielded baselines.
The contract work will be performed in Moorestown, New Jersey (84%); Camden, New Jersey (5%); Virginia Beach, Virginia (5%); Deer Creek, Colorado (2%); Manassas, Virginia (1%); Orlando, Florida (1%); and various other locations (under 1% – 2% total).
The U.S. Department of the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the contracting activity (N00024-20-C-5601). (Awarded March 16, 2020)
COMBATSS-21 (Component Based Total Ship System – 21st Century) is the combat management system (CMS) currently installed on the U.S. Navy’s Freedom-variant littoral combat ships (LCS). A COMBATSS-21-based system will also be installed on the Independence-variant littoral combat ships in the future.
The system enables the ship to defend itself by integrating radars, electronic warfare (EW), electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) cameras, gun fire control system, countermeasures (devices designed to deceive detection systems), and short-range anti-air missiles.
COMBATSS-21 is derived from the Aegis Weapon System (AWS) installed on the U.S. Navy destroyers and cruisers, and is built from the Common Source Library (CSL), a software repository that allows for sharing and reuse of code—without an additional cost. This way, when software is developed, debugged or upgraded, it can quickly be released across a fleet, similar to how smartphones receive app updates. And with this open architecture, navies can easily add, upgrade or swap defense components—ultimately allowing them to stay ahead of the technology curve.
The COMBATSS-21 system will also be expanded to work with new technology and weapons on the U.S. Navy’s future multimission guided-missile frigates being procured under the FFG(X) program.