A fully assembled Gun Mission Module ready for shipment and delivery to the Mission Package Support Facility at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme in CA.
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Package
Integration program demonstrates the ability of the U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman team to develop and deliver a mission package, or MP, that is a modular, flexible, and open architecture solution across a number of mission capabilities.
The LCS was designed to counter small surface craft attacks, diesel submarine threats and asymmetrical mine threats. To meet these multiple missions in a small space, the ship needed a new way to quickly and easily switch equipment to meet changing mission requirements.
A Gun Mission Module being installed aboard USS Independence (LCS 2) Ship by Northrop Grumman Sustainment Team employees.
The mission packages (MP) allow the ship to deploy with everything needed to perform mine countermeasures, surface warfare, or anti-submarine warfare missions. The modular MP is designed to be quickly installed to fulfill a specific mission, and when that mission is complete, can then be swapped-out with another MP and stored offboard for future re-use aboard any other littoral combat ship.
An Organic Airborne Mine Countermeasures container holding an Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) and Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) part of the Mine Countermeasures Mission Package.
As the MP supplier, Northrop Grumman provides the engineering design and expertise to ensure the mission components can be safely stored, installed and operated by creating a "mission in a box." This includes the equipment, tools, spare parts and computer systems needed to do the mission from start to finish. For future mission packages, Northrop Grumman assists with requirements development and performs technical trade studies to identify the appropriate equipment to meet mission objectives.
Each mission package contains several types of equipment, so the appropriate technology can be selected for the mission. These modular mission packages are developed incrementally to allow changes as new technology becomes available.
The mission package containers, which are the size of a standard 10- or 20-foot-long International Standards Organization container, can be easily transported globally to support emerging maritime security concerns.