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Lockheed Martin to design combat management system shipboard electronics for Navy frigate

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WASHINGTON. Shipboard electronics at Lockheed Martin Corp. will develop the combat management system for the U.S. Navy’s future frigate surface warships.

Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington are asking the Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training segment in Moorestown, N.J., to develop the combat system for versions of the Navy littoral combat ship (LCS) that will be adapted to frigate use.

Frigates are relatively small, light, and fast surface warships that protect the powerful capital ships, and provide escort protection to lightly armed naval surface warships, as well as to commercial or military merchant ships.ins_satpura_and_uss_bunker_hill_closeup

For the future frigate versions of the LCS, however, Lockheed Martin will base its new frigate combat management system on the company’s COMBATSS-21 ship combat management system, which is aboard the Freedom-class littoral combat ships.

COMBATSS-21 is built on an open-architecture scalable framework using non-developmental software, Lockheed Martin officials say. Custom software adapters called boundary components support sensors, communications, and weapon interfaces, and are designed to accommodate future technology insertion and system upgrades with minimal effect on the system’s core software.

The COMBATSS-21 architectures isolate shipboard sensors, communication, and weapons from core components of the command and control system to avoid large system bugs and speed software certification.

COMBATSS-21 can run on computer configurations ranging from one commercial processor running a commercial operating system to more distributed configurations, to enable the COMBATSS-21 system adaptable to vessels ranging from patrol craft to large-deck ships, Lockheed Martin officials say.

The Lockheed Martin COMBATSS-21 combat management system borrows technology from Navy Aegis cruisers and destroyers, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard Deepwater program.

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