Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC)
For more than 10 years, Kratos has been supporting the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Keyport, Washington, with a range of engineering and technical services. To improve the war-fighting capabilities of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Kratos is facilitating equipment installations aboard Fast Attack and Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines. The initial award, with a potential value of $30 million over a five-year period, was the first of three task orders that Kratos has won from NUWC.
The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) is the U.S. Navy’s full-spectrum research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet support center for submarines, autonomous underwater systems, and offensive and defensive weapons systems associated with undersea warfare.
NUWC’s Division Keyport engaged Submarine Alteration Installation Teams to enhance its combat control and C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence) systems. As a subcontractor to Northrop Grumman, Kratos was selected to provide engineering, installation, maintenance and technical support to advance the Navy’s critical capabilities.
Kratos was tasked with advancing the technological and war-fighting capabilities of Navy submarines in the Pacific Fleet. Working primarily aboard submarines located in San Diego, Hawaii and Guam, Kratos was charged with:
• Developing installation packages in support of combat systems and C4I
• Installing the C4I upgrades.
• Conducting pre-and post-installation testing and equipment operational
• Maintaining a quality assurance program approved by the Naval Sea
Systems Command (NAVSEA).
Kratos’ quality engineering services have been essential to providing the Navy with the necessary “surge capacity” to meet escalating demands on the Pacific Fleet in the face of significant security threats around the world.
Because of its expertise in command and control systems, Kratos was tapped to provide a full spectrum of services to NUWC under the multi-year contract. Its engineers were asked to offer installation, testing, assurance and maintenance services for the following systems:
• Integrated Augmentation Displays (IAD) Device: a video Local Area
Network (LAN) that ties together the ship’s sensors with output displays
in various locations on the ship.
• Automated Identification System (AIS): a shipboard broadcast system that
improves ship-to-ship identification.
• AN/BYG-1: the latest combat system for the Navy Submarine Fleet.
• Total Ship Monitoring System (TSMS): a system that maximizes each
submarine’s acoustic stealth advantage by monitoring “self noise” and
sending alerts in the event of degradations to desired conditions.
Kratos’ quality engineering services and systems installation support have provided the Navy with significant benefits to date, including:
• Rapid Technology Insertion: Kratos is assisting in the update of
technology on the ships as quickly as possible without intrusive or
extensive redesign. By using open architecture hardware and software,
the Navy is making strides toward its goal of rapid technology insertion.
• Enhanced Naval Capabilities: By using commercially available, widely
accepted interface standards and commercial products from multiple
vendors, Kratos is helping the Navy keep pace with rapidly changing
technologies and operational needs. Kratos’s installation services give
the Navy the performance and scalability to support a variety of
• Reduced Costs: By combining military and commercially available
technologies and utilizing local area technicians to perform the
modernizations, Kratos is helping the Navy lower its expenses while
gaining the benefits of interoperability, flexibility and reliability.
• Decisive Superiority: By implementing new systems quickly and
effectively, Kratos is enabling the Navy to make better decisions faster.
The systems provide the maximum situational awareness to the crew,
giving them the information they need to gain a strategic advantage.
Kratos continues to meet all requirements of the contract, providing NUWC and Northrop Grumman with the surge capacity to meet emergent requirements in Hawaii, San Diego, Norfolk and King’s Bay, Georgia.