Lockheed Martin Delivers its 100th Undersea Warfare System to U.S. Navy
SYRACUSE, NY, 13-JUN-01 -- Lockheed Martin today announced that it has delivered its 100th AN/SQQ-89 undersea warfare system to the U.S. Navy. The system will be installed aboard the Aegis guided missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems (NE&SS)-Undersea Systems manages the AN/SQQ-89 contracts at its Syracuse facility where over 350 employees work on the program. This milestone delivery of an AN/SQQ-89 system is a credit to the NE&SS-Undersea Systems employees who have reliably delivered this system for 15 years, said Capt. William Morris, Program Manager, U.S. Navy Surface Ship Undersea Warfare Combat Systems. Through this successful partnership, we are bringing significant enhancements to the Navy's ability to perform its undersea warfare mission in the littorals.
AN/SQQ-89 is the Navy's premier surface ship undersea warfare combat system, in service on destroyers, cruisers and frigates. Using a variety of underwater sensors, the system detects, classifies and localizes submarines and other undersea threats. It includes a hull-mounted sonar, a sonobuoy processing system and a system used to launch weapons against undersea targets, all integrated with the Aegis combat system. Working closely with the Navy, Lockheed Martin led the original system design team when the program began almost 20 years ago. The current system employs state-of-the-art commercial computing technology to achieve major performance gains over previous designs, at reduced cost.
Lockheed Martin continues to provide our Navy the highest quality product because of the engineering skills and the manufacturing foundation it has laid over the past 18 years. In fact, Lockheed Martin continues to win awards from the Navy for its performance on these contracts, Capt. Morris said.
Early this summer, the Navy will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the next competitive procurement, which will include the acquisition of AN/SQQ-89 systems beginning in FY02.
The Navy has said that the unit price of SQQ-89 systems has been reduced by over 70 percent since Lockheed Martin started building them in 1983, said Frank DeBritz, president, NE&SS-Undersea Systems. Most components are COTS or procured competitively so because of this fact, we've been able to reduce the average system price significantly. We are confident we will be able to reduce costs and increase capabilities even further, added DeBritz.
Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems (NE&SS)-Undersea Systems serves the Navy with leading mine countermeasure systems, surface vessel and submarine electronic warfare systems, undersea warfare systems and sensors. NE&SS-Undersea Systems is headquartered in Manassas, Va., and is a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation.