Navy picks Leonardo DRS to supply shipboard displays and consoles for Future Surface Ship Combat Systems

July 11, 2023
Equipment includes air-cooled and water-cooled variants of the Navy's Common Display System (CDS); consoles, upgrades, and peripheral equipment.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Navy surface warfare experts are buying additional shipboard consoles, displays, and peripherals from Leonardo DRS (formerly DRS Laurel Technologies) in Johnstown, Pa., to promote maximum software reuse aboard Navy surface combatants.

Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington announced an $30.7 million order to DRS last month for consoles, displays, and peripherals technical insertion 16 hardware in support of the Navy’s Future Surface Ship Combat Systems, and the Consoles, Displays, and Peripherals (CDP) program.

The CDP is composed of air-cooled and water-cooled variants of the Navy's Common Display System (CDS); consoles, portions of the Aegis weapon system Aegis Modernization Upgrade equipment, and peripheral equipment.

The Navy is buying the shipboard electronics equipment as part of technical insertion (TI) 16, modification (MOD) 1 production equipment and spares to support the Navy's future surface ship combat systems.

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The CDP program includes thin client displays and multi-mission displays. The CDS consoles are a set of open-architecture watch station three-eyed horizontal display consoles that provide the human machine interface between the sailor and the ship's combat systems.

The contract involves shipboard electronics equipment that is for vessels like the future Constellation-class frigate, future versions of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer; the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class surface-attack destroyer, as well as for Aegis modernization efforts aboard the Navy's Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Burke-class destroyers.

On this order Leonardo DRS will do the work in Johnstown, Pa., and should be finished by September 2024. For more information contact the Leonardo DRS operation in Johnstown, Pa., online at, or Naval Sea Systems Command at

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