Progeny Systems to build and upgrade submarine combat system to control weapons on Navy fast-attack boats

April 20, 2021
The PCS controls torpedoes, mines, cruise missiles, unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and countermeasures.

WASHINGTON – Undersea warfare experts at Progeny Systems Corp. in Manassas, Va. will continue building and upgrading an integrated system to help submarine crew members control submarine combat weapons such as torpedoes, missiles, mines, and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).

Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington announced an $8.7 million order to Progeny late last month for options to the Payload Control System (PCS) for technical insertion advanced processing builds. PCS is the software portion of the AN/BYG-1 submarine combat control system for all Navy submarines.

The AN/BYG-1 is installed on the U.S. Navy Los Angeles-, Seawolf-, and Virginia-class fast-attack submarines, as well as on Ohio-class cruise missile submarines and on Australian Collins-class attack submarines. The AN/BYG-1 submarine combat system has three separately developed and integrated software applications, of which the PCS is one part.

The others are the Tactical Control System (TCS), which provides contact management and decision management functions; and the Information Assurance (IA) application, which includes the networking infrastructure to maintain separate security enclaves and downgrade system disk drives.

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The PCS is an integrated, mission-critical subsystem that enables the operator control all current and future submarine payloads, including torpedoes, mines, tomahawk cruise missiles, modular undersea heavyweight vehicles (MUHVs), UUVs, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and countermeasures.

The Progeny-developed PCS software operates on processing, display, and launcher tactical hardware that the Navy procures from other companies. Progeny experts will design, upgrade, test, and deliver the PCS software for all Navy new construction and in-service submarines and appropriate joint program office submarine platforms, Navy officials say.

On this contract Progeny will do the work in Manassas, Va., and should be finished by April 2022. For more information contact Progeny Systems online at, or Naval Sea Systems Command at

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