TSC provides Production/Overhaul Engineering, Design/Development Engineering and Integrated Logistics Engineering Management support to the RAM/CIWS Program Office. The MK 15 Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) consists of three main variants. The MK 15 CIWS Phalanx integrates a fire-control system, search and track radars, an infrared (IR) tracker and a six-barrel Gatling gun and is utilized to defeat incoming anti-ship missiles (ASM) which have penetrated other defensive envelopes and to defeat asymmetric threats, rockets, mortars and artillery. The CIWS SeaRAM is a CIWS Phalanx with the Gatling gun replaced by an eleven round Rolling Airframe Missle (RAM) guide for extended ASM coverage. The Counter-Rocket, Mortar and Artillery (C-RAM) Weapons System integrates a trailer mounted CIWS Phalanx system to counter land based threats. TSC provides the following:
- Product Assurance, Reliability, Maintainability and Availability (RM&A) and Quality Assurance subject matter expertise
- Design program and documentation development and management
- Modeling, simulation and technical refresh initiatives
- Weapon system production and depot overhaul planning and management
- Development, operational and acceptance test development and management
- Configuration Management (CM) implementation and program management
- All facets of logistics engineering implementation and management
- Diminishing Manufacturing Sources (DMS) and obsolescence avoidance and mitigation expertise
- Foreign Military Sales (FMS) development and management
- Total Ownership Cost (TOC) program development and management
TSC evaluates commercial hardware and custom designs for compatibility in the marine environment. TSC was involved in adapting a commercial all-light TV camera to augment the capabilities of the Phalanx FLIR sensor. TSC also evaluated operating stress and reliability for design upgrades to the Phalanx RF transmitter tuner and receiver controller.
TSC is the acting ILS manager for the Phalanx program office. In this role, TSC chairs the quarterly ILS Management Team meetings, manages the development of Technical Manuals and training documentation, and in 2008 developed Radar Upgrade spares requirements. TSC works with the Navy Inventory Control Program Manager to model wholesale spares levels. TSC supports the Phalanx Performance-Based logistics (PBL) contract through fleet data analysis and integration of system configuration changes, and generates ILS budget requirements for US and FMS spares.
TSC has the role of acting Phalanx production manager. TSC monitors Phalanx production testing and quality programs, chairs quarterly production reviews, reviews ECPs and coordinates their implementation in production, and recommends program office position regarding requests for waivers and deviations (RFWs & RFDs). In the acquisition role, TSC has led the technical review of the FY10 and FY11 Supplemental production proposals, Value Engineering Change Proposals, and prepared the Technical Audit Reports. TSC supported the NAVSEA contracting office in fact finding and negotiations, resulting in multi-million dollar cost savings to the government.
TSC maintains an on-site presence at the vendor’s production facility to actively monitor production processes and compliance to quality practices. TSC represents the program office in the Failure Review Board and Quality IPTs, which review factory and fleet introduction problems. TSC monitors Phalanx Block 1B Baseline II acceptance testing and analyzes acceptance test data to surface potential latent failure conditions, test program and production process issues.