L-3 Communication Awarded C(4)ISR System Contract for Sentinel Class Cutters

NEW YORK – L-3 Communications announced today that its Communication Systems-East (CS-East) division has been awarded a contract by Bollinger Shipyards to provide the C(4)ISR system for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Fast Response Cutter (FRC) program.

Under an initial two-year contract, the company will design and deliver the first production shipset and related training systems. This contract also includes options for an additional 33 shipsets which, if exercised, would result in an overall contract value in excess of $100 million.

“This is a strategic win for our L-3 team,” said Greg Roberts, president of L-3 Communication Systems-East. “We’ve utilized best in class products including the integrated bridge and navigation control system from L-3 Marine Systems, alarms and announcing systems from L-3 Henschel, and our MarCom(TM) integrated and automated internal/external voice communications system. Our C(4)ISR system will make the Sentinel the most capable patrol boat in the Coast Guard fleet.”

The FRC, also known as “The Sentinel Class,” is a 154-foot cutter which supports a broad spectrum of Coast Guard missions. The C(4)ISR systems on the Sentinel Class patrol boat will be fully interoperable with the Coast Guard’s existing and future platforms and also with those of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

The first FRC Sentinel Class patrol boat will be delivered in early 2011. The Coast Guard is also considering plans which could increase the total ship quantity to 58 ships.

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  1. Michael DeKort says:

    I see Lockheed did not get the contract. I wonder if they bid?

    I have seen the C4ISR spec for the FRCs and it is much better than what we had for the 123s and NSC.

    What I am curious about is if L-3 has to supply the exact same solutions or equipment where the requirements intersect with the NSC and/or other specs? Said differently do they have to repeat the mistakes of the past – especially the ones the CG was wrong to accept or waive? Can L-3 provide a complete solution that actually meets the spec I saw or will their hands be tied behind their backs?