Litton's Guidance and Control Division (Huntsville, AL) was awarded a five-year, $11 million contract to VMIC for data acquisition and workstation electronics to be used on U.S., Navy, Ticonderoga class, and AEGIS cruisers. VMIC is providing products that aid Litton in upgrading legacy systems with modern digital control systems for a number of shipboard functions including propulsion, engine plant, electrical plant, damage, and fuel control. In addition, VMIC provides real-time monitoring and display of the ship's operations. Litton's IBS utilizes Windows NT OS and off-the-shelf HMI tools running on VMIC hardware and is a major step towards an open architecture approach to modernizing monitoring systems on-board ships. This upgrade will be an opportunity for the Navy to purchase systems comprised of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products to solve their shipboard monitoring and control requirements and substantially reduce costs.
The contract also includes equipment to be used by Litton for a Land-Based Engineering System (LBES), which will provide for operator training and system engineering development. A separate contract is expected to be awarded by Litton for spare equipment in support of this program.
VMIC, 12090 South Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35803-3308. Phone: 256-880-0444 or 800-322-3616.