Aerospace and defense giant Northrop Grumman has received an $8 modification to previously awarded contract to exercise an option for the production of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM).
The modification, award from Naval Sea Systems Command, authorizes the production of one SSMM unit.
The SSMM is a Longbow Hellfire missile that will be added to the surface warfare mission module aboard the U.S. Navy LCS.
In July 2019 the U.S. Navy successfully completed structural testing of the Longbow Hellfire missile for the Littoral Combat Ship Surface-to-Surface Missile Module.
The U.S. Naval Institute News agency reported that the Navy has finished testing needed to confirm that the Hellfire can safely operate on the Littoral Combat Ship, and the missile goes out on a ship deployment.
LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, with three types of mission packages including surface warfare, mine countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare. The Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS) is responsible for delivering and sustaining littoral mission capabilities to the fleet. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is key to supporting the nation’s maritime strategy.