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Lockheed-Martin COMBATSS-21
« on: October 04, 2017, 03:44:26 PM »
From: http://www.spsnavalforces.com/story/?id=333

The ship’s battle management system, called COMBATSS-21, is produced by Lockheed Martin and derived from the US Navy’s latest Aegis surface combatants. The COMBATSS-21 Combat Management System is the backbone of the Freedom-variant self-defence suite and integrates the radar, electro-optical infrared cameras, gun fire control system, countermeasures and short-range anti-air missiles. COMBATSS-21 provides a flexible, reliable next-generation defence system for the LCS. Its mission capabilities include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; mine warfare; surface warfare; special operations; anti-submarine warfare; maritime interdiction/interception operations; homeland defence and anti-terrorism/force protection.

The system provides a scalable, services-based framework. Custom software “adapters” called boundary components are the key to the flexibility of the architecture to support a wide range of sensors, communication, and weapon interfaces. Boundary components simplify integration of system elements and provide flexibility to accommodate future change. The componentised and layered architecture enables upgrades and changes to any part of the system with minimal impact to the remaining software. Customer defined sensors, communication and weapons are easily integrated and isolated from core components of the command and control system. New components can easily be incorporated to address the unique needs of the customer. Because of its modern architecture, COMBATSS-21 can be hosted on configurations ranging from a single commercial processor running a commercial operating system to more distributed configurations. This makes it readily adaptable to a wide variety of shipboard applications from patrol craft to large deck ships. Its proven software meets requirements for a low-risk, affordable solution that can be easily upgraded to meet evolving threats and environments throughout the ship’s life-cycle.


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Re: Lockheed-Martin COMBATSS-21
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2017, 12:54:22 PM »
Navy Awards Frigate Combat Management System Contract To Lockheed Martin
By: Megan Eckstein
August 25, 2016 1:43 PM

https://news.usni.org/2016/08/25/21329

The Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a contract worth up to $79.6 million to design and build the Component-Based Total-Ship System – 21st Century (COMBATSS-21) combat management system for the first of the upcoming frigates.

COMBATSS-21 is an Aegis-based system already used on Lockheed Martin’s Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships, and the Navy announced last summer it would award a sole-source contract to use the system on the follow-on frigates.

On Aug. 22 the Navy awarded a contract for $67.9 million for hardware and software development, integration and delivery for combat systems for the first two frigates, along with technical data packages to support an eventual backfit effort for Austal’s Independence-variant LCSs. Including contract options for logistics and engineering support and hardware for the third and fourth frigates, the contract is valued at up to $79.6 million.

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“The Navy determined that COMBATTS-21 was the only common combat management system which would not result in unacceptable delays to FF design and acquisition timelines.”

The Navy previously hoped to transition both LCS variants – Lockheed Martin’s traditional monohull USS Freedom (LCS-1) design and Austal’s trimaran USS Independence (LCS-2) design – into the frigate program, up-armoring and up-gunning both ships to meet new frigate requirements and selecting a single combat management system for all frigates to increase commonality. However, the Pentagon ordered the Navy to downselect to a single design in December 2015. The service expects to decide on a hull design by Fiscal Year 2018, and whichever shipbuilder wins will use the COMBATSS-21 system purchased under this week’s contract.

Lockheed Martin said in a statement this week that selecting COMBATSS-21, which comes from the same common source library (CSL) as the Aegis Baseline 9, will create commonality between the frigates and cruisers and destroyers, Aegis Ashore sites, international ships, LCSs and Coast Guard National Security Cutters.

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Re: Lockheed-Martin COMBATSS-21
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2017, 01:24:32 PM »
From: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/features/2016/160112-mst-integrating-the-aegis-derived-combatss-21-with-the-littoral-combat-ship.html

Integrating the Aegis Derived COMBATSS-21

As new threats emerge and defense budgets shrink, the U.S Navy and allied nations are seeking a new breed of fighting ship—one that balances capability and affordability like never before. The ship of tomorrow is needed today, and it must have cutting-edge anti-air, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities.

A ship built for speed, survivability and multiple missions needs a combat system that is just as quick and adaptable. COMBATSS-21, is the Aegis-derived combat management system that will be integrated on all U.S. Navy littoral combat ships and frigates.

Initially developed for the Freedom-variant LCS, COMBATSS-21 is the backbone of the ship’s mission system and integrates the radar, electro-optical infrared cameras, gun fire control system, countermeasures and short-range anti-air missiles. Lockheed Martin partnered closely with the U.S. Navy to develop and integrate the scalable combat system for the next-generation surface fleet.

For decades, the Aegis Combat System has shielded sailors at sea and ashore from a wide range of missile attacks. As the Navy’s operations evolve, Aegis is also evolving to fit a variety of ships of all shapes and sizes that are completing critical missions such as:

Anti-terrorism and force protection
Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
Mine warfare
Homeland defense
Special operations
Maritime interdiction and interception.

Key Components of COMBATSS-21

Open architecture

Open architecture has become the touchstone for innovation and invention. Today, sailors are reaping the rewards of the common resources and commercial systems that open architecture offers. Open architecture has enabled increased responsiveness to the mission and increased collaboration across the industry, government, commercial companies and academia that is pushing the boundaries of technology to make the Navy quicker, stronger and smarter in its responses.
Future technology and capability innovations
At the heart of COMBATSS-21 and all Aegis evolutions is the Common Source Library (CSL), which enables software reuse and commonality across surface ships and land based installations. The CSL meets two basic customer needs: rapid technology deployment and cost savings.


COMBATSS-21 console

Software updates can be developed and quickly released across the fleet in an efficient “build once, field many times” process. Using its CSL pedigree, COMBATSS-21 also allows for the seaframe integration of advanced radars, missiles and launchers, which increases the lethality of smaller ships.

Low-risk solution with life cycle affordability

Elements of COMBATSS-21 have already been proven with the surface fleet. Common software is aboard all Aegis destroyers and cruisers at sea, and the C2 system code will be the same as what is fielded in the fleet today. Instead of developing new code, COMBATSS-21 brings existing code from an Aegis ship into a smaller ship. Because the Navy has already invested in Aegis, using COMBATSS-21 reduces cost for integration, test and certification by eliminating redundancies.
Cost savings come through training requirements, too. By integrating an Aegis-derived system on new ships, the Navy will be able to leverage the knowledge of sailors already skilled to operate Aegis. Existing Aegis training programs can prepare sailors to operate components of COMBATSS-21. Now, sailors can come off an Aegis destroyer or cruiser, and board a LCS with a high level of familiarity with the system they need to operate.

Results

Littoral combat ships USS Freedom and USS Fort Worth each deployed with COMBATSS-21, and participated in international partnership exercises, conducted humanitarian aid missions and proved the concept of operations for the littoral combat ship class. Two additional ships, the USS Milwaukee and the USS Detroit, have completed acceptance trials and received perfect scores on the detect to engage tests.  The COMBATSS-21 system integrated seamlessly with the ship and other systems to provide enhanced situational awareness for sailors on the ship and ashore.