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Release No: 422-96
July 11, 1996


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced today that five industry teams have been selected to enter into Phase I of the joint Navy/DARPA Arsenal Ship Program. Each industry team will be awarded a $1 million agreement using the provisions of Public Law 103-160, Section 845, Other Agreements Authority. The value of the research and development portion (Phases I-IV) of the program is approximately $520 million. The five industry teams selected are as follows: General Dynamics, Marine/Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, Team

Leader, with: General Dynamics, Marine/Electric Boat, Groton,

Conn.; Raytheon Electronic Systems, Lexington, Mass.; and Science

Applications International Corp., McLean, Va. Hughes Aircraft Company, Fullerton, Calif., Team Leader,

with: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, La.; Advanced Marine

Enterprises, Arlington, Va.; Booz-Allen & Hamilton, McLean, Va.;

and McDonnell Douglas, Huntington Beach, Calif. Lockheed-Martin, Government Electronic Systems, Morrestown, N.J., Team Leader, with: Litton Industries/Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.; and Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va. Metro Machine Corp., Norfolk, Va., Team Leader, with: Rockwell International/Collins International, Seal Beach, Calif.; Trinity Marine Group, Gulfport, Miss.; Composite Ships, Arlington, Va.; and Marinex International Inc., Hoboken, N.J. Northrop Grumman Corporation, Sykesville, Md., Team Leader,

with: National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif.;

Vitro Corp., Rockville, Md.; Solipsys, Columbia, Md.; and Band

Lavis & Associates Inc., Severna Park, Md.

The Arsenal Ship Program is a high-priority, joint Navy/DARPA program which will develop a new capability for delivery of large quantities of ordnance in support of land and littoral engagements. The basic requirement for the Arsenal Ship is to satisfy joint naval expeditionary force warfighting requirements in regional conflicts by providing the theater commander with massive firepower for long-range strike, naval surface fire support, and air theater-defense through hundreds of vertical launch system cells and a future advanced gun. Arsenal Ship Phase I Contractors

The Arsenal Ship Programs acquisition approach represents a major departure from the way Navy ships have been acquired in the past. The program turns the system development process over to industry at its earliest stage and challenges industry to develop and design the optimum mix of performance capabilities which can be accommodated within production and life-cycle cost affordability constraints. In an effort to optimize streamlined technical and business approaches, the program is using the special authority given to DARPA to conduct prototype development and acquisition experiments outside the normal constraints of the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

During the six-month Phase I of the Arsenal Ship Program, the five industry teams selected today will perform various trade- off studies and will undertake the initial Arsenal Ship design concept based upon the Ship Capabilities Document and the Concept of Operations, with an overall concentration on affordability. This effort will support the contractors formal Arsenal Ship design concepts to be submitted and evaluated for a Phase II downselect to two industry teams to further develop their designs.

In Phase II, which will last one year, the two industry teams selected will develop their proposed concepts and performance specifications into functional designs consisting of an integrated engineering and cost baseline for the Arsenal Ship Program.

After Phase II, one industry team will be selected to enter into Phase III. During this phase, the industry team chosen will complete its detail design and construct an Arsenal Ship Demonstrator as well as provide an irrevocable offer to construct five additional Arsenal Ships and convert the Arsenal Ship Demonstrator into a fully operational asset in the production phase (Phase V). Phase IV consists of performance testing and a fleet evaluation.

The program is managed by the Arsenal Ship Joint Program Office, under the cognizance of DARPA, and includes representatives from the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Office of Naval Research.

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