The US Coast Guard has awarded Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) an $11 billion contract to carry out a modernisation program for the agency’s Deepwater forces, including ships, aircraft, command and control and logistics systems.
ICGS – a partnership between Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin – was awarded the contract, which could rise up to $17 billion in value, to modernise the Coast Guard’s Deepwater assets over a 20-year period.
Deepwater is said to be the largest recapitalisation effort in the history of the Coast Guard. It will involve the acquisition of up to 91 ships, 35 fixed-wing aircraft, 34 helicopters, 76 unmanned surveillance aircraft, and the upgrade of 49 existing cutters and 93 helicopters, in addition to systems for communications, surveillance and command and control.
ICGS will manage over 100 companies from 32 US states, as well as four international teammates, to implement its comprehensive plan for the Coast Guard.
In the first five years, ICGS will provide a network centric capability of robust C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) resources on new and existing air, land and sea assets.
ICGS will also upgrade older assets until new ships, aircraft and systems are fielded and provide more capable systems with greater speed, longer endurance, and better onboard working spaces, all with a common integrated support infrastructure that will lower operating costs.