Sustaining Electronic Sub-Systems Evaluation – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142180

Problem: Obsolescence issues exist in the electronics section of the Fleet Exercise Section (FES), causing significant impact in maintenance and sustainment, supportability, and the time to identify and isolate failures.  Complicating this issue is the lack of adequate card-level test set capabilities to assist with fault isolation, troubleshooting, and repair efforts.  The lack of existing requirements and design documentation results in a situation where the program is unable to identify and assess potential program risks associated with the FES.

Benefit: All project tasks support an overall improved electronic sub-system evaluation process, that can assist organizations with the challenges associated with decisions regarding upgrading equipment versus acquiring new.

Solution/Approach: The objective of Phase II is a redesigned Instrumentation Sub-System (ISS), taking into consideration an updated set of government requirements, including system safety requirements and FTE necessary to verify functionality and location of faults.  These FES ISS requirement updates will lead to an improved weapons system sustainment, mitigating maintenance costs by reducing aging hardware repair costs, reducing labor for maintenance troubleshooting activities, and increasing overall reliability of the electronics portion of the FES.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Decrease testing and development costs 
  • Reduce equipment deterioration 
  • Improve management of obsolescence and lifecycle support 

DOD Participation:

  • Undersea Weapons Program Office (PMS 404) 
  • Program Executive Office (PEO) Submarines 
  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) 

Industry Participation:

  • Progeny
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement (hardware)