$30.5 Million for Engineering Support and Modernisation by mid-2026
Two contracts awarded to General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) last month, valued at $30.5 million (€25.6 million) cover various maintenance and upgrade initiaves for the US Navy’s INDEPENDENCE-class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), the company announced on 21 June.
One contract calls for the company to develop and upgrade the INDEPENDENCE fleet’s hull mechanical and electrical system, including software upgrades and maintenance of the engineering control system, with work expected to be completed by May 2026. Under the second contract, GDMS will provide in-service engineering and life cycle support for the C5I and training systems, to include: critical engineering; design; integration; test and evaluation; software development and testing; logistics product development and distribution; and configuration management. Contract options, if exercised, would bring the value from $13.1 to $79.2 million, with work also scheduled for completion in May 2026. Work on both contracts will be carried out in the US and Singapore.
“Our engineers have a long history of collaborating with our industry and Navy partners to sustain the performance of LCS engineering control and core mission systems, ensuring they are ready and able to support the Navy’s mission requirements at home and abroad. Our sustainment team recognizes the critical role the INDEPENDENCE-variant Littoral Combatant Ship plays on the national stage, especially with three ships planned for deployment to the Western Pacific this year. Our ‘Any Program, Any Mission System on Any Platform’ approach ensures LCS will be able to successfully achieve their missions, today and in the future,” commented Stan Kordana, VP Surface Systems.