Industry has three months to turn around responses for the US Navy's (USN's) Over-The-Horizon Weapon System (OTH-WS) after the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) on 8 February.
Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon (teamed with Kongsberg) are all expected to bid on the OTH-WS requirement, which will provide USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) variants and Future Frigate (FF) vessels with a responsive stand-off surface-to-surface capability to counter potential surface threats. Intended to increase the lethality and enhance the survivability of LCS/FF ships, the OTH-WS acquisition - being managed by the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems 3.0 (PEO IWS 3.0) in NAVSEA - is firmly aligned to the surface navy's new operating concept of 'distributed lethality'.
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