Lockheed Martin Minehunting System Completes Successful Preliminary Design Review
SYRACUSE, NY, 22-FEB-01 -- Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems today announced the successful completion of the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) required for development and fielding of the AN/WLD-1(V)1 Remote Minehunting System. As a result, the U.S. Navy (USN) awarded Lockheed Martin a 100 percent incentive fee of $1.1 million for the milestone. The Navy is very pleased with the results of the PDR and the collective effort of the government-industry team that made those results possible, said Captain Terry Briggs, PMS-490 Program Manager for Surface Mine Warfare. Lockheed Martin is committed to the success of the program and has demonstrated that commitment with the successful completion of this major program milestone.
Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Undersea Systems (NE&SS-Undersea Systems) is developing AN/WLD-1(V)1 in Syracuse and Riviera Beach, Fla., under a contract awarded in December, 1999 by the U.S. Navy. It will provide Arleigh Burke-Class DDG-51 Flight IIA ships with their first-ever mine reconnaissance capability through the use of an unmanned remote vehicle. Key elements of AN/WLD-1(V)1 include a diesel-powered, semi-submersible Remote Minehunting Vehicle (RMV) with a deployable Variable Depth Sensor (VDS), line of sight and over-the-horizon real-time data links, a shipboard launch and recovery subsystem, and a software segment, which integrates AN/WLD-1(V)1 into the ship's AN/SQQ-89(V)15 Undersea Warfare System.
The PDR, completed on Nov. 17, consisted of three major elements - the delivery of 47 contract documents, 31 of which required formal Navy approval; 22 days of technical design review across four subcontractors, four subsystems and one total system review; and resolution of 23 final PDR closure issues resulting from the incremental technical reviews.
Overall, AN/WLD-1(V)1 continues to be on track for a FY04 delivery to the DDG-91, providing the Navy Battle Groups with their first organic mine reconnaissance capability, said Frank DeBritz, President, NE&SS-Undersea Systems.
Upcoming AN/WLD-1(V)1 milestones include the launch and recovery subsystem Critical Design Review (CDR) and the next at-sea Critical Item Test (CIT) in May, 2001, and the total system CDR in Dec., 2001.
Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems (NE&SS)-Undersea Systems serves the U.S. Navy with leading mine countermeasure systems, surface vessel and submarine electronic warfare systems, undersea warfare systems and sensors. NE&SS-Undersea Systems is headquartered in Manassas, Va., and is a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation.