Northrop Grumman Corp.
has successfully completed the initial software and hardware
delivery of the Integrated Combat Management System (ICMS) to prime
contractor General Dynamics for integration into the Navy's
Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) combat system.
ICMS integrates the sensors and weapons onboard the platform,
including the electro-optical/infrared sensor, volume search radar
onboard missile system, 57-millimeter gun, electronic warfare suite and
The integration work is being done by General Dynamics'
Advanced Information Systems business unit at its Design Integration
Facility in Pittsfield, Mass. Once integration is complete, the LCS
core mission system containing the ICMS will be installed in the
Independence (LCS-2) and put into sea trials in 2008.
The ICMS is the U.S. variant of the proven family of Thales
TACTICOS, OACE Level 4-compliant, combat management systems designed
for lower acquisition and operational costs. The TACTICOS combat
management system is currently installed onboard more than 100 naval
ships from 14 different nations.
The LCS vessels are the first Navy ships
to separate capability
from hull form. They are designed to be robust, affordable, and
mission-focused warships with the size, speed, endurance and
connectivity to deploy as a member of carrier strike groups,
expeditionary strike groups or surface strike groups. The Independence
is the second LCS to be built.