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Northrop Grumman contracted for C4ISR, machinery control systems for new USCG cutter

21 November 2016
An artist's rendering of the USCG's new OPC. Source: USCG

Key Points

  • In September, Eastern Shipbuilding Group was selected for the OPC detailed design and production phase
  • Northrop Grumman's scope of supply includes integrated bridge systems, C2 consoles, navigation and combat data distribution systems, ship-wide computer network systems, and machinery and propulsion control systems

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) for the design of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capability and machinery control systems (MCS) for the US Coast Guard (USCG) Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) programme.

In September 2016, ESG was awarded a USD110.29 million contract by the USCG's Acquisition Directorate to continue the detail design and construction phase (Phase II) of the OPC acquisition programme; formal notice to proceed was issued on 5 October. The full Phase II award covers detail design and production of up to nine OPCs (with options for two additional vessels), and has a potential value of USD2.38 billion if all options are exercised.

Announcing the award of its subcontract on 14 November, Northrop Grumman said its scope of supply includes integrated bridge systems, command-and-control (C2) consoles, navigation and combat data distribution systems, ship-wide computer network systems, and machinery and propulsion control systems

Included in the design phase is an MCS land-based test facility, as well as a C4ISR test and integration facility, both of which will be located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Additional work will be conducted at company facilities in San Diego, and Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Northrop Grumman will also provide key C4ISR and MCS integration roles during production testing and shipboard trials to be held in Panama City, Florida.

The USCG programme of record projects the acquisition of 25 OPCs, as replacements for the 29 Medium Endurance Cutters currently in service. In 2014, the coastguard awarded firm fixed-price contracts to three shipyards - Bollinger Shipyards, ESG, and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works - to develop preliminary and contract design proposals.

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