8,000 and the U.S. Navy’s Still Counting

file The Navy uses Lockheed Martin’s Q-70 family of combat computer system workstations, servers and network systems on all of its submarines and 90 percent of its commissioned ships. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy.

The U.S. Navy uses it on every submarine and 84 percent of its surface ships from aircraft carriers to minehunters. It’s installed on Navy air and land platforms and on naval systems operated by Australia, Germany, Japan, Norway and Spain. It’s not a weapons or navigation system but those systems couldn’t operate without it.

“It” is Lockheed Martin’s AN/UYQ-70 – a family of combat computer system workstations, servers and network systems commonly called the Q-70. Lockheed Martin recently delivered the 8,000th Q-70 to the Navy for installation on the USS Minnesota (SSN 783) Virginia-class submarine, scheduled for launch in 2014.

The program was awarded in 1994, and the Q-70 hardware and software architecture provides the cornerstone for implementing or modernizing ships’ combat, mission critical, and command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, reconnaissance and tracking systems. The workstation features high-performance commercial equipment housed in militarized enclosures to withstand the harshest conditions.

Lockheed Martin recently delivered its 8,000th Q-70 unit to the U.S. Navy for the Virginia-class submarine USS Minnesota.

The recently delivered Q-70 system will be installed on the Minnesota for the submarine’s combat control and navigation systems. The command workstation permits operators to display combat control and navigation decision data onto high definition displays, providing real-time situational analysis.

The first fully-implemented standard combat computer system using open architecture, Q-70 units are installed on 90 percent of all the U.S. Navy’s commissioned ships. That level of commonality provides consistency across the fleet and cost savings to the Navy as well.

“Through 8,000 Q-70 deliveries, we have provided a highly standardized computer infrastructure that has reduced unit cost to the Navy by 70 percent since the inception of the program,” said Mike Feeley, vice president of C4I programs for Lockheed Martin’s Undersea Systems business.

To read more about how the Q-70 is supporting the fleet and particularly the USS Mount Whitney, click on Navy's two command ships manage operations a world apart.