Littoral Combat Ship

The LCS is a fast, highly maneuverable, networked surface combat ship. The LCS is a specialized variant of the family of U.S. future surface combat ships known as DD(X). LCS is designed to satisfy the urgent requirement for shallow draft vessels to operate in the littorals to counter asymmetric threats of coastal mines, quiet diesel submarines and the potential to carry explosives and terrorists on small, fast, armed boats. Two separate defense contracting teams led by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics carried out system design  and construction of two flight 0, or first-generation, LCS ships.

LCS will operate with focused-mission packages that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles to execute missions as assigned by Combatant Commanders. These focused missions include the following primary missions:

  • Anti-surface warfare (ASW) against hostile small boats
  • Mine Counter Measures (MCM)
  • Littoral Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)

Adaptive Methods has provided support to the LCS Mission Modules Program Office (PMS 420) throughout the life of the LCS Program. Adaptive Methods is the developer of the Contact Management Data Fusion (CMDF) software application utilized by the ASW Mission Package for track management of Package sensors and vehicles.

Adaptive Methods also provides Network Engineering services for the Mission Package Computing Environment. Adaptive Methods provides system engineering, design, development, and integration for LCS FREEDOM, LCS INDEPENDENCE, and numerous land-based test facilities.


The AN/SQQ-89 is the U.S. Navy’s undersea warfare management system, providing surface warships with a seamlessly integrated undersea warfare detection, localization, classification and targeting capability.  The system presents an integrated picture of the tactical situation by receiving, combining and processing active and passive sensor data from the hull-mounted array, towed array and sonobuoys. The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 USW System is designed to detect, locate, track, and engage targets and is integrated with the AEGIS combat system and provides a full range of USW functions including active and passive sensors, underwater fire control, onboard trainer and highly-evolved display subsystem.  Capabilities and features include Active / Passive Hull Mounted Sonar, Multi-Function Towed Array Sonar, Sonobuoy processing, Torpedo Alertment and Record and Playback of sensor and system inputs.


The U.S. Navy Undersea Warfare Decision Support System (USW-DSS) program provides an integrated real-time, net-centric undersea warfare command and control capability across multiple platforms-even with low bandwidth or intermittent inter-platform communication.