World Security Report2015-05-27 09:16:34

$72 million contract will enable U.S. Coast Guard to enforce maritime sovereignty

Lockheed Martin received a $72 million contract to support the United States Coast Guard's efforts to enforce maritime sovereignty and address at-sea threats through the National Security Cutter (NSC) program.

Through this contract received from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), Lockheed Martin will provide the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) system for the U.S. Coast Guard's eighth National Security Cutter, the future USCGC Midgett.

Lockheed Martin's C4ISR system offers comprehensive, real-time situational awareness, communications and interoperability, which allows the crew to assist vessels in distress; track and engage targets of interest; collaborate with other Coast Guard air, sea and land assets; and act on the most up-to-date information available.

"The NSC's C4ISR system integrates data from navigation sensors, communications links and tactical systems to provide an operational picture of its patrol area that enables the U.S. Coast Guard to successfully conduct their many missions," said Ed Segrest, program manager, Communications and Security Technologies, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. "The system provides the underway crew with the most current maritime data and tactical picture for effective decision making and safety in maritime operations."

In 2014, the second NSC, USCGC Waesche, aided in a law enforcement encounter at sea that resulted in confiscation of a large amount of contraband. During the interdiction, the U.S. Coast Guard utilized the command and control system onboard to pursue a low-profile, fast vehicle, which led to the capture of the illegal cargo.

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