The Navy last week accepted delivery of the Littoral Combat Ship's anti-submarine warfare mission package's final component following testing in Fort Pierce, FL, according to a service statement issued yesterday.
Raytheon's Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) mission system has been undergoing testing with sailors from two of the Fort Worth's (LCS-3) detachments. That system, coupled with the multi-function towed array SQQ-89 and the MH-60R helicopter, make up the LCS's anti-submarine warfare mission package.
The contract award for the pre-production test article (PPTA) of Raytheon's array was made in March 2017 and its schedule has remained on track, according to the statement.
“Following the acceptance of the DART PPTA, the Navy plans to embark the system on a craft of opportunity and proceed to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center for an in-water demonstration of the LCS ASW mission package's escort mission module prior to formal developmental testing on USS Fort Worth,” the statement said.