General Dynamics Mission Systems announced the award of a multi-million-dollar firm fixed-price contract from Northrop Grumman to provide Reduced Weight Basic Operating Assembly (RWBOA) containers for U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The containers, developed specifically for the Navy, will be produced at General Dynamics’ Marion, Virginia facility, with first delivery expected in December.
RWBOA containers are lighter than standard 20-foot shipping containers but offer the same strength and durability. The containers will be used aboard LCS to house modular mission packages that equip the ship with specific mission capabilities needed to perform mine countermeasures, surface warfare or anti-submarine operations.
“The new Reduced Weight Basic Operating Assembly containers are a great example of how we have been able to leverage our expertise designing tactical shelters for the Army and tailor a solution that meets the specific needs of the Navy,” said John Schulz, Director of Structures at General Dynamics Mission Systems. “The new containers are extremely lightweight and will provide the Navy with enhanced corrosion protection in comparison to conventional steel container designs. The use of Reduced Weight Basic Operating Assembly containers provides the Navy with the essential flexibility and mobility they need to quickly transport and deploy the capabilities to support their missions while at sea.”
General Dynamics Mission Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, provides mission-critical solutions to defense, intelligence and cyber-security customers across all domains. General Dynamics Mission Systems provides mission critical solutions to those who lead, serve and protect the world live in. The company are a technology integrator and original equipment manufacturer with deep domain expertise in land, sea, air, space and cyber. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, General Dynamics Mission Systems employs more than 12,000 people worldwide.