Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. has been awarded a $6 million contract from Northrop Grumman Corp. to manufacture the first production unit of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship.
Teledyne Brown will do the work at its facility in Huntsville. It will then integrate the launch control assemblies, along with other equipment, into the modules. The system will then be validated using SSMM-specific software and emulators before Teledyne performs the factory acceptance testing, leading to the delivery of the production units.
The SSMM fires the Longbow Hellfire Missiles and compliments the Gun Mission Module, also manufactured by Teledyne Brown Engineering. Along with the GMM, the SSMM will provide additional capabilities to the Littoral Combat Ship as part of its Surface Warfare Package.
This contract continues the decade long relationship between Teledyne Brown and Northrop Grumman. “We have built and delivered 25 Gun Mission Modules, and we are proud to be supporting the U.S. Navy’s efforts to enable a broader mission scope,” said Jan Hess, president of Teledyne Brown Engineering.
The Littoral Combat Ship is made by Austal USA and Lockheed Martin. Austal constructs their ships in Mobile.