Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. (TBE), was awarded an $18 million contract from Northrop Grumman to manufacture four additional Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) units for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). This is Teledyne’s second award to build the hardware, which initially began under contract in September 2019. Once the systems are complete, they will be integrated with Launch Control Assemblies and other equipment into the modules. Teledyne Brown Engineering will manufacture, assemble and test the SSMMs at the company’s main facility in Huntsville, Alabama.
The SSMM is a modular weapons system, which fires Longbow Hellfire Missiles and complements the Gun Mission Module (GMM), also manufactured by Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville. Teledyne Brown Engineering has supported this program and its mission for over a decade building Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules. These modules provide additional capabilities to the Littoral Combat Ships, which are used for defense against swarming Fast Attack Craft/Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FAC/FIAC), counter-piracy, maritime interdiction, and security missions. Teledyne Brown Engineering, along with Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy, will validate the system using SSMM-specific software and emulators.
The SSMM is one of four modules comprising the LCS Surface Warfare Mission Package. The Surface Warfare Mission Package also includes the Gun Mission Module, containing 30mm guns; the Maritime Security Module, with 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs); and the Aviation Mission Module, including an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and a Vertical Take-off Unmanned Air Vehicle. Personnel assigned to the Surface Warfare Mission Package will augment the Core Crew by interfacing with the LCS command and control system to maintain and share situational awareness and tactical control in a coordinated SUW environment.
Teledyne Brown Engineering is an industry leader in full-spectrum engineering and advanced manufacturing solutions for harsh environments in space, defense, energy, and maritime industries. As one of the first companies created to support Wernher von Braun’s team, we have a long and unique history of providing advanced technologies and systems for harsh and extreme environments. For over six decades, the company has successfully delivered innovative systems, operations and technology development worldwide. With over 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space, Teledyne Brown Engineering offers support throughout the entire life-cycle of products and systems requiring advanced technology and high reliability.