Aydin to support US Navy’s TTWCS upgrade programme

7 January 2014 (Last Updated January 7th, 2014 18:30)

Sparton's subsidiary Aydin Displays has received a contract to deliver upgraded rugged LCD display with an enhanced LED backlight for the Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System (TTWCS).

Sparton's subsidiary Aydin Displays has received a contract to deliver upgraded rugged LCD display with an enhanced LED backlight for the Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System (TTWCS).

Under the $1.8m contract, the company will deliver the display over the next six months.

Lockheed Martin is under contract to upgrade the TTWCS that integrates the launch hardware and software to provide weapon control for the missile in partnership with US Navy Labs.

The upgrade follows the previously awarded initial development contract in 1999 by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to support TTWCS.

TTWCS is one of the three crucial components that comprises the Tomahawk Weapons System, enabling firing units to prepare, control, and launch Tomahawk missiles.

The new TTWCS system upgrade has been authorised for fleet release by the Program Executive Office, Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aviation, and PMA-280, Tomahawk Weapons System after a five year design, development and test programme.

The new TTWCS upgrade will be installed on the US Navy's surface ships that include Ticonderoga-class cruisers (CG) and Arleigh Burke-class Destroyers (DDG), as part of an incremental approach.

The system also provides the capability to plan new missions on board and communicate with multiple Tomahawks to retarget and redirect the missiles in flight.

Awarded to Aydin Displays, the contract has multi-year options and a potential value of approximately $5m.

Defence Technology