Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
Whole Ship Electronic Integration For The Navy's Latest Warship Class
The core mission system of the U.S. Navy's Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is built on General Dynamics' computing infrastructure. Our computing technology controls everything from driving the ship to firing its guns, and it is designed to maximize automation, enabling sailors to focus on their missions.
Technology Tailored To Real-World Requirements
Our technology delivers mission capability to military customers when and where it's needed most. We integrate the whole ship's electronic systems and provide the computing backbone for the Independence-variant LCS, as well as the Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF). Our technology allows the warfighter to manage operations from a mission center or in the field through a proven, advanced technology interface that includes automated workflows, data visualization and knowledge management.
Best-in-industry sensors collect multi-INT data from airborne, satellite, stationary ground and mobile ground platforms.
Processors are integrated with the sensors to turn raw data into information that can be analyzed for immediate use.
Data and processed information are transmitted into a secure cloud environment for greater availability from the field or mission center where it can be duplicated, exploited and analyzed.
Analysts in the mission center exploit processed and archived data to deliver intelligence to decision makers. Users in the field can also have remote access to exploitation tools available in the cloud to rapidly produce real-time actionable intelligence.
Network cyber defense ensures the security of mission sensitive data through 24/7 watch support, network situational awareness, alert management, incident response and defense-in-depth capabilities.
Flexible & Versatile For Enhanced Joint Warfighting
Our technology provides an adaptable and highly capable command and control environment for a coordinated air, surface and undersea tactical picture. Our technology delivers greater useable space and higher mission module capacity, increasing on-station time and minimizing time to reconfigure for a new mission.
The “any display, anywhere” capability enables a sailor to display any information on any monitor located throughout the ship and to smoothly adapt to rapidly evolving mission needs. Sailors are no longer limited to operating the ship from the bridge, allowing for efficient and mission-based crew allocation.
Modernized Underwater Mine Hunting
The LCS Mine Countermeasure (MCM) mission package is comprised of many different mine warfare platforms, including General Dynamics' Knifefish program. Knifefish is a heavyweight class MCM Unmanned Undersea Vehicle designed to detect, avoid and identify mine threats, reducing the risk to personnel by operating in the minefield while the host ship stays outside the minefield boundaries.
MOBILE, Ala. – Austal USA proudly hosted the christening of the nation’s 22nd Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS Kansas City, at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility today.
Tulsa (LCS 16), the eighth Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) built by Austal, successfully completed acceptance trials March 08 in the Gulf of Mexico. General Dynamics Mission Systems is the Independence-variant LCS systems integrator, responsible for the design, integration and testing of the navigation, C4I, and aviation systems.
MOBILE, Ala. – Austal celebrated the christening of Expeditionary Fast Transport ship USNS City of Bismarck (EPF 9) with a ceremony at its state-of-the-art shipyard on May 13. City of Bismarck is the ninth of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels (EPF) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of a contract worth over $1.9 billion.