Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems is being awarded a contract modification to exercise options for the procurement of technical insertion (TI)-16 Acoustic Rapid Commercial Off-the-Shelf Insertion (A-RCI) systems, pre-cable kits, and A-RCI sonar engineering services.
The cost-plus-incentive-fee modification, valued at around 102 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) located at Washington Navy Yard in Washington DC.
Fiscal 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy)funding;, fiscal 2018 research and development test and evaluation funding; and fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funding will be obligated at the time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Acoustic Rapid Commercial Off-the-Shelf Insertion (A-RCI)
Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia (95 percent); and Clearwater, Florida (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2018.
Lockheed Martin introduced a new submarine sonar system called A-RCI (Acoustic Rapid Commercial off-the-shelf Insertion), which used commercial computer equipment installed in open architecture.
The system, which allowed for frequent hardware and software upgrades, was highly effective, offering improved acoustic quieting measures at a far lower cost than previously possible.
A-RCI uses a progression of technology insertions (TI) to enhance sonar signal processing without altering existing towed array, hull array, and sphere array sonar equipment aboard fast-attack, ballistic missile, and cruise-missile submarines. A-RCI has been through four phases of upgrades since the late ’90s, and the innovative system has now been installed on the entire U.S. submarine fleet.
Detecting and localizing, quiet subs in the especially noisy shallow-water sonar field has made updates to the A-RCI submarine sonar system all the more critical. Lockheed Martin’s continuing refinements bolster detection capabilities in littoral waters and include the sub fleet’s new Large Aperture Bow, TB-29 Towed Array and Low Cost Conformal Array.
One of the latest A-RCI technology insertions, TI-16, seeks to provide vast improvements in acoustic sensing aboard U.S. submarines without changing the sonar transducer sensors through the rapid insertion of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based digital signal processing hardware and software.