The Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) is a supersonic, lightweight, fire-and-forget, surface to air missile designed to destroy anti-ship missiles, and can engage multiple targets simultaneously. It operates autonomously after launch with the ability to employ both passive RF and IR guidance.
In its product assurance role, Virginia Operations provides a variety of services to the RAM/CIWS Program Office:
- Processing of all engineering change proposals (ECPs)
- Developing RAM Change Control Board Directives and SHIPMAIN input
- Developing RAM spares requirements and budgets at high level budget reviews
- Developing and updating the RAM Configuration Management Master Plan.
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.