MANASSAS, Va., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy extended Lockheed Martin's contract for submarine command, control, communications and intelligence systems engineering and integration work.
The award, with a value of $60 million, covers work involving a major redesign of interfaces critical to the navigation architectures of several Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical Systems, or SWFTS, sub-systems across all U.S. Navy submarine ship classes.
"Aligning innovation with the customer's strategic plan is a key reason for our team's track record of successfully integrating combat systems on both new construction and in-service submarines," said Dave Boyle, Lockheed Martin Business Development Director in anti-submarine warfare and integration programs.
Lockheed Martin said its SWFTS Systems Engineering & Integration team integrates numerous submarine combat sub-systems including sonar, imaging, tactical control and weapons control, and communications into one large system-of-systems for all submarine combat systems.
The team also tests the combat system to make sure the sub-systems correctly interface with each other prior to installation on a submarine.
The contract extnsion was given to the company because of its "ability to mitigate significant and untenable program risk in both delivering the interface baselines and in successfully completing testing in support of SWFTS deliveries to Virginia Class submarine construction and SSN/SSBN modernizations," Lockheed Martin said.