Lockheed Martin Lands Contract for LCS3 USS Fort Worth

Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore, Md., is being awarded a $15,239,268 contract to exercise an option for post-delivery support for LCS 3 (future USS Fort Worth).

Lockheed Martin will perform the planning and implementation of deferred design changes that have been identified during the construction period.  The corrections and upgrades are necessary to support Fort Worth’s sailaway and follow-on post delivery test and trials period.

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program began in 2002 with the U.S. Navy’s pursuit of a new class of small and stealthy ships for multi-mission support.

The LCS is envisioned to be a networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in the littorals. This relatively small, high-speed combatant will complement the U.S. Navy’s Aegis Fleet and other combatants by operating in environments where it is less desirable to employ larger, multi-mission ships. It will have the capability to deploy independently to overseas littoral regions, remain on station for extended periods of time either with a battle group or through a forward-basing arrangement and will be capable of underway replenishment. It will operate with Carrier Strike Groups, Surface Action Groups, in groups of other similar ships, or independently for diplomatic and presence missions. Additionally, it will have the capability to operate cooperatively with the U.S. Coast Guard and Allies.

LCS will be a “Network-Centric,” Advanced Technology Ship: The LCS will rely heavily on manned and unmanned vehicles to execute assigned missions and operate as part of a netted, distributed force. In order to conduct successful combat operations in an adverse littoral environment, it will employ technologically advanced weapons, sensors, data fusion, C4ISR, hullform, propulsion, optimal manning concepts, smart control systems and self-defense systems.

LCS will be a “small, fast, affordable ship: Speed and agility will be critical for efficient and effective conduct of the littoral missions. The LCS must be capable of operating at low speeds for littoral mission operations, transit at economical speeds, and high-speed sprints, which may be necessary to avoid/prosecute a small boat or submarine threat, conduct intercept operations over the horizon, or for insertion or extraction missions.

Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. (39 percent); Marinette, Wis. (34 percent); Hampton, Va. (18 percent); and Washington, D.C. (9 percent).  Work is expected to be completed by December 2012.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.

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Naval Today Staff , December 20, 2011

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