NAVY C4ISR AND UNMANNED SYSTEMS
SHIPBOARD ESM, ECM AND SIGINT SYSTEMS
Increment E, an open-architecture system upgraded with
software changes, entered service in 2003 and replaced an array
of communications intelligence systems. Increment F, which
features improved receiver sensitivity, signal acquisition and
direction finding, entered low-rate production in April 2010
with initial operational capability (IOC) achieved in 2011. The
Navy ordered 113 Increment F systems. In May 2014, the Navy
ordered the first set of improvements under the SSEE
Modifications program. The modifications are designed to
improve the ability to detect, geo-locate and exploit signals.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Boeing’s Argon ST
LOGISTICS UPDATE (COBLU)
BRIEFING: COBLU is a joint U.S.-U.K. project to update the
SSQ- 108 Organizational Unit Tactical Baseline Operational Area
Radio Detection (OUTBOARD) direction-finding system to provide comprehensive surface tactical IW exploitation and ESM
capability to surface ships. OUTBOARD has made use of high-frequency deck-edge HF antennas and VHF mast antennas, as
well as a receiver that automatically searches for, collects and
BVY- 1 INTEGRATED SUBMARINE
IMAGING SYSTEM (ISIS)
BRIEFING: The BVY- 1 ISIS provides all-weather high-definition
optical and infrared search via submarine periscope. The system
includes active and passive ranging, image enhancement, recording and storage of images, and image transmission capabilities.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Lockheed Martin Corp.
SIGHTING AND SURVEILLANCE
BRIEFING: The IROS3, installed on the Arleigh Burke-class
destroyer USS Ramage, is a prototype of the first version of the
SPS. IROS3 is a COTS-based open-architecture system that
includes an SPS- 73 radar, an electro-optical/infrared sensor,
acoustic sensors and spotlights, coupled with remotely controlled machine guns.
PATROL BOAT ELECTRO-OPTICS
BRIEFING: The PB-EOS is a variant of the SeaFLIR 280-HD
maritime electro-optic/infrared imaging system being built for
Navy and Coast Guard patrol boats. A $49.9 million contract
was awarded in September 2013.
CONTRACTOR: ...........FLIR Systems Inc.
SHIPBOARD SONAR SYSTEMS
SQQ- 32 SONAR
BRIEFING: The SQQ- 32 minehunting high-resolution sonar is
deployed on Avenger-class mine countermeasures (MCM) ships
to detect and classify sea mines. It can operate in a retracted
mode for operations in shallow water or lowered through the
hull and towed for operations in deeper water. An upgraded version, the SQQ- 32(V) 4, designed to improve performance in
cluttered waters, increase search rate and provide improved resolution imagery, was installed in January 2012 onboard USS
Guardian. Installation in the rest of the MCM fleet is scheduled
for completion by 2015.
CON TRACTORS: .........Raytheon Co., Thales
SQS- 53 SONAR
BRIEFING: The SQS- 53 is the digitally controlled, bow-mounted, active/passive sonar on most of the Navy’s surface
combatants, including Ticonderoga-class cruisers (SQS-
53A/B/D) and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (SQS-53C). The
SQS-53D includes COTS processors and is replacing the SQS-
53A/B on Ticonderoga cruisers.
CONTRACTORS:.........General Electric Co., Raytheon Co., ITT Corp.
BQQ- 5 AND BQQ- 6 SONAR
BRIEFING: The BQQ- 5 active/passive sonar is a digital replacement of the BQQ- 2 sonar. It includes a large spherical array that
is installed in the bow of Los Angeles-class submarines. The
BQQ- 6 is a similar primarily passive system, with limited active
capability, installed on Ohio-class Trident submarines. Both
sonar types are being replaced by the BQQ- 10.
CONTRACTOR: ...........Lockheed Martin Corp.
BQQ- 10 SONAR
BRIEFING: The BQQ- 10 designation has been given to the multiphase Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion program to upgrade
U.S. submarine sonar systems into an open-architecture common configuration. The BQQ- 10 includes the Submarine
Precision Underwater Mapping and Navigation Upgrade
(PUMA) to map the sea floor and register geographic features —
including man-made objects such as mines — and display them
in a three-dimensional form on a computer screen. PUMA
allows a submarine to conduct covert minefield surveillance
and avoidance and transmit the intelligence to other platforms.
The BQQ- 10’s open architecture allows rapid insertion of new
technologies, including the conformal array, large vertical array
and advanced towed arrays now under development.
CONTRACTORS:.........Lockheed Martin Corp., General Dynamics
Corp., Advanced Research Laboratory of the
University of Texas at Austin