Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have evolved an Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) solution that achieves the U.S. Coast Guard’s overarching objective of affordably recapitalizing aging assets and command systems. This solution has been developed by working in partnership with the Coast Guard over the past four years, listening closely to its needs and providing a system of assets to meet its requirements. Maximizing operational effectiveness while minimizing total ownership cost, the singular objective of the program, drove this team’s key decisions.
To meet the IDS challenges, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman created Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS), a new business entity. Jointly owned by the two corporations, ICGS is the single point of accountability for all IDS activities. ICGS offers the Coast Guard a management approach with direct access to a combined systems integration and shipbuilding organization at significantly lower cost compared to traditional prime-subcontractor relationships. ICGS performance is fully guaranteed by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.