General Dynamics to upgrade combat electronics for a variety of U.S. and Australian submarines

WASHINGTON, 31 July 2015. Submarine electronics experts at the General Dynamics Mission Systems segment in Fairfax, Va., are upgrading digital processing capability in U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarine combat systems under terms of a $32.7 million contract modification announced Wednesday.

Jul 31st, 2015
General Dynamics to upgrade combat electronics for a variety of U.S. and Australian submarines
General Dynamics to upgrade combat electronics for a variety of U.S. and Australian submarines
WASHINGTON, 31 July 2015. Submarine electronics experts at the General Dynamics Mission Systems segment in Fairfax, Va., are upgrading digital processing capability in U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarine combat systems under terms of a $32.7 million contract modification announced Wednesday.

Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington are asking General dynamics to upgrade the computer software and hardware for several different kinds of U.S. and Australian submarines, including ballistic-missile submarines, cruise-missile submarines, and fast-attack submarines.

The contract involves the AN/BYG-1 open-architecture submarine combat control system that enables ballistic-missile and fast-attack submarines to analyze and track other submarine and surface ship contacts for situational awareness, as well as for aiming and firing torpedoes and missiles.

The contract modification calls for General Dynamics to write AN/BYG-1 tactical control systems (TCS) technology insertion (TI-14) advanced processing build (APB-15) software for delivery to several different kinds of submarines.

General Dynamics will complete AN/BYG-1 TCS TI-14 APB-15 software, start migrating the TCS from TI-14 baseline to TI-16, and integrate APB-15 to support the lead variant test readiness review (TRR) over the next year. The company also will continue maintaining TI-14 APB-13 and earlier baselines.

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General Dynamics is upgrading the AN/BYG-1 submarine combat system with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computers. The company will replace central processors with COTS computers, and refresh submarine combat system processors with new COTS technologies each year or two. The AN/BYG-1 system is a counterpart to the Navy's Advanced Rapid COTS Insertion (A-RCI) program that uses COTS computers in submarine sonar signal processing systems.

Submarine crews equipped with the AN/BYG-1 combat control system are able to analyze submarine sensor contact information to track submarine and surface vessels in open-ocean and coastal waters; aim and fire heavyweight torpedoes against submarine and surface ship targets; receive strike warfare orders, plan strike missions and employ Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles; and receive and synthesize sensor data and external tactical intelligence to produce an integrated tactical picture for situational awareness.

The AN/BYG-1 program includes a combat control system for Virginia-class attack submarines, as well as a replacement upgraded combat control systems for Los Angeles- and Seawolf-class attack submarines and Ohio-class ballistic-missile and cruise-missile submarines. General Dynamics also is providing AN/BYG-1 system upgrades for Australian Collins-class attack submarines.

The program uses biennial software upgrades called advanced processor builds (APBs) and hardware upgrades called technology insertions (TIs). The Navy began installing the AN/BYG-1 APB-09 system on Virginia-class fast-attack submarines in 2010.

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The AN/BYG-1 modernization program separates development of the tactical control system (TCS) and the weapons control system (WCS) to enable independent yet parallel development and certification, General Dynamics officials say. Each of these systems uses a variety of APB software algorithms developed by industry, government, and academia.

The TCS computer hardware portion of BYG-1 integrates sensor inputs to provide a secure common operational picture and improved situational awareness that blends information sonar, electronic support measures, radar, navigation, periscopes, and communications systems. The TCS system architecture allows for rapid COTS insertion to accommodate and integrate additional functionality and sensors.

One of the benefits of rapid COTS technology upgrades to submarine combat systems is the ability for the Navy to learn from real-world experience to make quick improvements. Recent Navy recommendations, for example, were to acquire automation technology to help the operator in areas of high contact density.

On the current contract modification, General Dynamics will do the work in Fairfax, Va., and should be finished by July 2016. For more information contact General Dynamics Mission Systems online at http://gdmissionsystems.com, or Naval Sea Systems Command at www.navsea.navy.mil.

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