Navy asks L3Harris to provide signal data processing for onboard network that mixes sensors and weapons

WASHINGTON- US Navy surface warfare experts required signal data processors and spare parts for the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) tactical network aboard Navy surface warfare vessels. They found their solution at L3Harris Technologies.

Naval Sea Systems Command officials in Washington last week announced a $32 million order from the L3Harris C5 Integrated Systems Segment in Camden, NJ, for CEC spares and signal data processors.

The CEC is a network of maritime tactical sensors and weapons for anti-aircraft warfare that combines information from sensors on aircraft and surface ships that operate over widely distributed geographic areas.

The CEC combines sensor information into a common tactical picture for battle groups at sea. It improves overall situational awareness and enables fleet commanders to work closely together to attack enemy forces at long range.

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The order from L3Harris is a modification of a six-year, $14.9 million contract the company won last July for the production and repair of the CEC system. This contract includes options that could increase its value to $378.9 million.

The CEC combines sensors and weapons in an integrated real-time network that expands the battlespace; improves situational awareness; increases the depth of shot; allows long intercept ranges; and improves decision and reaction times.

It extracts and distributes sensor information so that the superset of this data is available to all participating CEC-equipped units by merging distributed data from Land Mobile Units of the Onboard Composite Tracking Network, Airborne, Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) and coalition partners in a single fire control quality air track image.

The system uses line-of-sight data distribution to share radar measurement data between sensors and weapons to create an integrated distributed aerial picture. It combines surveillance and targeting information in such a way that the combined system is greater than the sum of its parts.

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The jam-resistant CEC obtains target trajectory information to form a composite trajectory in real time to help coordinate theater air and missile defense to engage incoming cruise missiles.

The CEC includes the Data Distribution System (DDS), the Cooperative Engagement Processor (CEP), and the interface to combat systems and sensors.

The DDS encodes and distributes sensor and vessel engagement data. CEP processes near real-time data force levels and allows surface warships and other weapons platforms to instruct their onboard sensors and weapons to engage targets without actually tracking them. .

On this order, L3Harris will perform the work in Lititz and Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Salt Lake City; and Largo, Florida, and is expected to be complete by April 2023. For more information, contact L3Harris C5 Integrated Systems online at www.l3harris.comor Naval Sea Systems Command at www.navsea.navy.mil.

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