$20.6M for SQQ-89 UWS Upgrades
Lockheed Martin announced 2 U.S. Navy contracts worth $20.6 million to provide integration engineering and engineering support to Navy ship upgrades installing the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 undersea warfare system. Under the terms of the contracts, AEGIS-equipped cruisers and destroyers will be updated to the latest AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 configuration. The U.S. Navy’s goal is to achieve a single, common configuration to reduce system life cycle costs, while allowing for faster improvements. To that end, the latest version employs an open architecture approach using state-of-the-art commercial computing technology rather than custom-designed military-specific components, in order to achieve major performance gains over previous designs at reduced cost.
Lockheed Martin retains its teaming arrangement with Advanced Acoustic Concepts, Inc., a key developer and integrator of many of the functional performance improvements to the AN/SQQ-89 since 1999, and of the system’s test bed. Lockheed Martin’s Undersea Systems facility in Syracuse, NY and Advanced Acoustic Concepts, Inc. in Uniontown, PA, will manage the contracts,
In service for over 25 years, the AN/SQQ-89 is the undersea warfare combat system installed on all of the Navy’s CG-47 Ticonderoga Class cruisers and DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Class destroyers. Using a variety of underwater sensors including a hull-mounted sonar, a towed array sonar, a sonobuoy processing system, et. al. the system detects, classifies and localizes submarines and other undersea threats. It is integrated with the Lockheed Martin-produced AEGIS Combat System, providing a fire-control system to launch weapons against undersea targets it finds. Lockheed Martin release.