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SUW Mission Package Attacks Small Boat Threat for LCS

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Story Number: NNS070925-24
Release Date: 9/25/2007 4:44:00 PM

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy is moving forward with development of the Surface Warfare (SUW) Mission Package -— a self-contained set of remote sensors and precision attack weapons designed to combat small, fast boat terrorist threats to the fleet.

The SUW package is one of three “plug and fight” packages being built for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), an advanced seaframe that uses modularity and open architecture concepts to provide the Navy with a fast, affordable, and rapidly reconfigurable ship tailored for operations in littoral waters.

When integrated into the LCS, the SUW package augments the ship’s capability to conduct surface surveillance using off-board sensors, and to engage surface threats both in the line of sight and over the horizon. The other two packages under simultaneous development for the LCS are the mine countermeasures and antisubmarine warfare packages.

The Program Executive Officer Littoral and Mine Warfare's LCS Mission Modules Program Office manages the development and acquisition of LCS mission packages.

“The Navy’s surface warfare package will enable the LCS to protect high-value naval assets and friendly surface vessels, both military and non-military, while conducting maritime security operations in high-density shipping environments,” said Bob Barry, assistant program manager for the SUW Mission Package.

The SUW mission package contains several sensor, weapon, and software components packaged in a modular fashion that easily and quickly swaps in and out of the LCS.

These components include electro-optical/infrared sensors mounted on a vertical take off unmanned air vehicle to provide over-the-horizon detection; 30mm guns to kill close-in targets; four non-line-of-sight launching system (NLOS-LS) container launch units or “missile-in-a-box” systems, with each system containing 15 offensive missiles; and the MH-60R armed helicopter for surveillance and attack missions.

“The SUW mission package has software that interfaces with the LCS command and control system to maintain and share situational awareness and tactical control in a coordinated SUW environment,” said Barry.

The software supports SUW mission planning, receives and processes the common tactical picture, runs surveillance operations and, if required, initiates offensive actions against surface threats.

The prime contractor for NLOS-LS is Netfires LLC, a joint venture between Raytheon Missile Systems and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. The NLOS-LS is part of the U.S. Army’s Future Combat System, managed by the Program Executive Officer Missiles and Space. The first two SUW mission packages assembled for developmental and operational testing use the Mark 46 30mm gun made by General Dynamics Amphibious Systems.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren division is the technical direction agent for the SUW mission package, with NSWC Port Hueneme division providing integrated logistics and testing support.

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