Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $17.4 million contract for systems engineering and integration services in support of the US Navy’s Combat System Warfare Federated Tactical Systems (SWFTS). SWFTS manages and oversees all technical products integrated into submarine combat systems.
Under the contract, a Lockheed Martin-led team will provide end-to-end systems engineering, development test, integration and life cycle support for all in-service US Navy submarine combat systems, as well as for systems that will be delivered to the new Virginia Class submarines. The contract is funded for the first year and includes multiple options and award terms for up to ten years. Team members include General Dynamics Electric Boat, Anteon Corporation, Progeny Systems Corporation, Gryphon Technologies, LC, ASSETT and North Carolina A&T State University.
Lockheed Martin said it is encouraging team members to work together using an open business model. The participants’ laboratories, major integration facilities and personnel will be connected across a secure wide area network, allowing project coordination across a wide geographic distribution.
Lockheed Martin will us the same technology insertion process that the company pioneered on the US Navy’s Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion (ARCI) programme. This will enable new technology to be installed across a wide range of submarine classes, including diesel electric submarines, internationally.