General Dynamics to Upkeep Independence Littoral Combat Ship Systems

General Dynamics Mission Systems has signed a $33.7-million contract to provide lifecycle maintenance for the US Navy’s Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) systems.

The project stipulates overall in-service support for the command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, and intelligence or C5I solutions aboard the LCS fleet and its corresponding shore-base centers.

Services include critical engineering, evaluations, software development, upgrades, and replacements of covered systems.

Work will be performed in Alabama, Massachusetts, and California.

The agreement runs until March 2025 and includes options that could increase the contract value to $92.6 million.

Continued Support

“General Dynamics Mission Systems has been the Independence-variant combat systems provider since the beginning of the program,” General Dynamics Mission Systems – Surface Systems Division VP Scott Beauchemin stated.

“We look forward to continuing to provide the US Navy with upgrades to the Independence-variant LCS combat system so it remains ready to meet the needs of our sailors’ missions today and in the future.”

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) demonstrates its maneuvering capabilities in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young/Released)
The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2). Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young/US Navy

The announcement followed a $30.5-million project accepted by General Dynamics in 2021 for the sustainment and upgrades of the Independence LCS’ C5I solutions in addition to the fleet’s mechanical and electrical systems.

The company also received a software suite contract in 2020 to support the combat management systems installed in the Independence ships.

Latest Technology Projects

General Dynamics teamed with HII Mission Technologies in November 2023 to provide intelligence support for the Five Eyes alliance.

The initiative will supply communications assets such as chat, phone, email, and video to increase coordination between the US, Australia, the UK, New Zealand, and Canada.

Last year, both companies partnered for another project that aims to employ 3D shipbuilding capabilities for the US Navy’s Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines.

In 2022, General Dynamics received a $532.9-million contract to deliver research, design, and lead-yard support for the Virginia submarine fleet.

The firm won a separate contract the same year to provide network services for the US Air Force bases across Europe and Africa.

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