NEWTOWN, Conn. --- The United States Navy's Surface ASW Combat Systems Integration effort will likely hold at an average of $25 million to $27 million per year. The SQQ-89A(V)15 is currently undergoing R&D for enhancements using rapid insertion technology. Much of the technology in development has a focus on sensors and data processing, which in turn are being backfitted to existing systems aboard ships.
All backfits for the CG-47 Ticonderoga class cruisers were completed in 2014.
Backfits to existing DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers are expected to be completed in 2017. (The DDG-1000, or Zumwalt, class destroyers will use the SQQ-90 tactical sonar suite.)
While the basic technologies needed to confront these challenges are being developed under other headings, the integration of the technologies into fleet use has been assigned to the Surface ASW Combat Systems program.
Another point to keep in mind is that the Littoral Combat Ships will likely offer significant opportunities for work under this program in the medium and long terms. Littoral Combat Ships require specific ASW-oriented system modules in order to carry out their assigned task of combating non-nuclear submarines in littoral waters.