The U.S. Navy awarded a Bath Iron Works-led team a $223 million contract for the
detailed design and construction of an innovative, trimaran-hull Littoral Combat
Ship (LCS) as part of its newest ship class. The team will complete the design
and construct a high-speed, networked, 127-meter surface combatant ship for
delivery to the Navy in October 2007. This award is an option of a contract
awarded in July 2003. Bath Iron Works is a subsidiary of General Dynamics.
The General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship features an innovative, high-speed
trimaran hull that is based on a proven Austal (Henderson, Australia) design
that is currently operating at sea. It will have one of the largest usable
payload volumes of any U.S. Navy surface combatant afloat today - providing the
flexibility to carry out one mission while a separate mission module is in
reserve. The General Dynamics LCS's large flight deck sits higher above the
water than any U.S. Navy surface combatant and will support near-simultaneous
operation of two SH-60 helicopters or multiple unmanned vehicles. The
ultra-stable trimaran hull allows for flight operations in high sea conditions.
In addition, the deck is suitable for landing much larger H-53 helicopters,
should that become a future requirement.
The General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship's open architecture electronics suite
significantly contributes to the ship's ability to facilitate a wide range of
missions, while incorporating stealth technology to increase crew and ship
survivability. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and its team have
developed the LCS core mission systems infrastructure - a flexible information
technology backbone that allows "plug and play" integration of both the core
systems and the LCS mission modules. The approach builds upon General Dynamics'
highly-flexible total ship computing environment that meets Navy open
architecture requirements and is exclusively built upon published industry
standards and non-proprietary interfaces. It allows for future growth and
seamlessly integrates both domestic and foreign combat components to create a
core mission systems solution that dramatically lowers acquisition and lifecycle
The Littoral Combat Ship is a key element of the Navy's plan to address
asymmetric threats of the twenty-first century. Intended to operate in coastal
areas of the globe, the ship will be fast, highly maneuverable and geared to
supporting mine detection/elimination, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface
warfare, particularly against small surface craft.
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is the prime contractor for the General
Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship Team. Partners include Austal USA (Mobile,
Alabama); BAE Systems (Rockville, Maryland); Maritime Applied Physics
Corporation (Baltimore, Maryland); L3 Communications Marine Systems (Leesburg,
Virginia); Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems (Baltimore, Maryland); and
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (Washington, D.C).
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