Lockheed Martin (LMT)
engineers were part of an industry team that recently received the U.S. Navy's "Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems
Excellence in Engineering Award" for developing a new submarine sonar
system that offers improved capabilities in the littorals.
The Low Cost Conformal Array (LCCA) is a new sail-mounted acoustic
sonar system that was developed to provide enhanced tactical control for
operations in coastal waters. The advanced development model LCCA system
was installed on USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) in Pearl Harbor in March.
Lockheed Martin LCCA team members Bill Bradford, Brad Ransom and Howard
Taylor were responsible for the system's inboard processing and displays,
as well as meeting the U.S. Navy's aggressive cost and schedule
requirements. They also provided technical and reliability enhancements
that will add benefit to the entire Acoustic Rapid COTS
(Commercial-Off-The-Shelf) Insertion (ARCI) system, which provides
significant acoustic processing upgrades to the fleet of in-service
At the recent award ceremony, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Michael Frick, PEO
IWS, presented the Excellence in Engineering Award to the entire LCCA team,
which included representatives from the Applied Research Laboratory at the
University of Texas, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center and Stanley
Associates, as well as the Lockheed Martin engineers.