The U.S. Navy
has awarded Northrop Grumman (NOC)
a cost plus award fee/award term contract with a potential dollar value of $159 million to integrate mission packages and evaluate future mission systems technologies
for the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The Fiscal Year 2006 portion of the
contract award is approximately $4.5 million.
As the Mission Package Integrator (LCS MPI), Northrop Grumman's
Integrated Systems sector's Bethpage, New York organization
The LCS will be a networked, stealthy, surface combatant with
capabilities optimized for responsiveness to threats in coastal
regions. It will be the first ship designed with the Navy’s FORCEnet
warfighting architecture as a requirement.
Initially, the Littoral Combat Ship will have three missions -–
mine warfare, antisubmarine warfare, and antisurface warfare, and a
number of secondary missions. Each of the mission packages involves the
integration of manned and unmanned systems operating
surface and subsurface domains. The mission package design will require
that each capability set be modular in order to re-configure the
Littoral Combat Ships relevant to the spectrum of conflict.
Under this new contract, Northrop Grumman will apply its decades
of naval battle management
and command-and-control experience and
understanding of open architecture systems
to link the various mission
modules on the ship with each other and with the ship's combat system.
System design and development work will be performed in Bethpage
and Washington D.C., as well as at the LCS sites. At the program's
peak, approximately 90 people will be working with the LCS team on the
program in various sites throughout the country.