GD to support submarine modernisation programme for US and Australian navies

2 October 2014 (Last Updated October 2nd, 2014 18:30)

General Dynamics (GD) Advanced Information Systems (AIS) has signed two contract modifications to offer continued support to the AN / BYG-1 combat control system, which is integrated on submarines deployed by the US Navy and Royal Australian Navy.

General Dynamics (GD) Advanced Information Systems (AIS) has signed two contract modifications to offer continued support to the AN / BYG-1 combat control system, which is integrated on submarines deployed by the US Navy and Royal Australian Navy.

Work under the contract forms part of the AN / BYG-1 modernisation programme for the tactical control systems (TCS) and weapons control systems (WCS).

As part of the $50m agreement, the company will provide fleet operators and commanders of both navies with a common operational representation that bolsters real-time intelligence and enhances situational awareness.

"GD has been working with the US and Australian navies on the AN / BYG-1 upgrade programme since 2003."

GD AIS Integrated Platform Solutions line of business vice-president and general manager Mike Eagan said: "We are dedicated to helping the US and Royal Australian Navies advance their mission with cost-effective, innovative, agile and reliable solutions.

"By introducing our open architecture framework into these legacy systems, we can quickly insert relevant technologies onto the submarine's open platforms to meet the fast-changing mission needs of today's fleet."

Using the open architecture framework, the advanced capabilities developed by commercial, defence and academic units can be rapidly integrated on a yearly or two-year basis.

Furthermore, the common processing baseline across all submarines also improves the self-governing, yet parallel, development and certification of the TCS and WCS.

GD has been working with the US and Australian navies on the AN / BYG-1 upgrade programme since 2003.

The AN / BYG-1 common processing baseline has also been developed and installed across domestic and international submarine classes, ranging from the US Navy's Los Angeles, Seawolf, Virginia and SSGN-class submarines to the Royal Australian Navy's Collins-class submarines.

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