General Dynamics Enhances LCS 10 with Over the Horizon NSM

General Dynamics Enhances LCS 10 with Over the Horizon NSM

The NSM is a long-range, precision strike weapon that can find and destroy enemy ships at a distance of up to 100 nautical miles, produced by Kongsberg and managed in the U.S. by Raytheon.

FREMONT, CA: General Dynamics Mission Systems, unit of American defense and aerospace company General Dynamics, has successfully integrated a new over the horizon missile capability into the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The enhancement came in support of a Chief of Naval Operations mandate to increase the lethality and survivability of LCS.

The integration of the MK Mod 0 over the horizon Naval Strike Missile (NSM), aboard the USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), enhances the ship's mission readiness and defensive capabilities. "The open-architecture design of the ship's computing environment and electronic systems made the design and integration of the new NSM system feasible in an accelerated timeline," said Carlo Zaffanella, vice president and general manager of maritime and strategic systems at General Dynamics Mission Systems.

The company was able to integrate the NSM system by determining equipment placement, adapting the ship's navigation system to provide unique signals to the missile system, designing the operational station in the Integrated Command Center, designing the system for delivering specialized power to the MK 87, and conducting all of the analyses necessary for a safe and effective operation.

The NSM is a long-range, precision strike weapon that can find and destroy enemy ships at a distance of up to 100 nautical miles, produced by Kongsberg and managed in the U.S. by Raytheon. General Dynamics has also been tasked with the integration and installation of NSM capability on all Independent-variant LCSs already in service.

The focus of LCS ships is to be agile, mission-focused platforms capable of operating in nearshore and open sea environments. They are also designed to defeat asymmetric anti-access threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines, and fast surface crafts. General Dynamics has been selected as the Independence-variant LCS systems integrator and is responsible for the design, integration, and testing of the navigation, command, control, computing, and aviation systems on each ship. 

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