Mikros Systems Corporation has successfully completed the first ship and shore installation and testing of its ADEPT Distance Support Sensor Suite (ADSSS) on the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship, USS Independence (LCS-2).
ADSSS provides condition-based maintenance for mission-critical complex distributed systems using smart sensors, model-based prognostics and secure fault-tolerant networking. ADSSS’s model-based prognostics framework converts large amounts of data into actionable information for operations, maintenance and logistics, while a secure fault-tolerant network helps protect critical operational data.
As installed on LCS 2, ADSSS will use Mikros’ proprietary model-based Prognostics Framework technology to monitor combat system elements to detect and predict on-ship system failures and apply predictive analytics to on-shore systems to detect broader maintenance trends and patterns across the fleet.
“Mikros has been a proud partner of the U.S. Navy for over fifteen years,” said ADSSS Program Manager Lori Ogles. “We are honored to continue to support the readiness of U.S. Navy combat systems with our condition-based maintenance solution and we look forward to expanding the ADSSS technology to additional LCS and U.S. Naval platforms.”
Mikros Systems Corporation is an advanced technology company specializing in electronic systems technology for advanced maintenance in military, industrial and commercial applications.
USS Independence (LCS-2)
USS Independence (LCS-2) is the lead ship of the Independence-class littoral combat ship. She is the sixth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named as Independence.
The design was produced by the General Dynamics consortium for the Navy’s LCS program, and competes with the Lockheed Martin designed Freedom variant.
Independence, delivered to the Navy at the end of 2009, is a high speed, small crew vessel intended for operation in the littoral zone. She can swap out various systems to take on various missions, including finding and destroying mines, hunting submarines in and near shallow water, and fighting small boats.
The ship is a trimaran design with a wide beam above the waterline that supports a larger flight deck than those of the Navy’s much larger destroyers and cruisers, as well as a large hangar and a similarly large mission bay below.
The trimaran hull also exhibits low hydrodynamic drag, allowing efficient operation on two diesel powered water jets at speeds up to 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph), and high speed operation on two gas turbine powered water jets at a sustainable 44 knots (81 km/h; 51 mph) and even faster for short periods.
The ship was commissioned on 16 January 2010 at Mobile, Alabama and completed her maiden voyage in April 2010.