Achievements and successes of the Navy ManTech program are numerous and varied. Since switching to its affordability focus for FY07, the program has impacted both ship and submarine affordability and is now beginning to impact F-35 affordability.
Navy ManTech has established good working relationships with relevant program offices and industry, and has established a detailed internal planning effort. Affordability assessments on a per-platform basis, bought off by both the relevant program offices and industry, show good cost-reduction potential, and ManTech affordability projects have been transitioning and implementing on factory floors, with cost-reduction values being "booked" by industry for these programs.
Many Navy ManTech projects have been recognized across the manufacturing industry for outstanding accomplishments, and nearly a dozen projects have been the recipient of the prestigious Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award. The award recognizes and honors those individuals from government and the private sector most responsible for outstanding technical accomplishments. In 2019, the OLED Helmet-Mounted Display Assembly for the F-35 project was nominated in the Enhancing Military Capability category for improving military performance, and the Technical Data Integration and Search project was nominated in the Technology Enabler category for advancing software, hardware, firmware, data management and related activities. In 2018, the ONR Navy ManTech team for the F-35 High Fidelity Fastener Measurement project received the Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award in the Technology Enabler category. The project developed a non-contact laser tool to measure surface feature flushness on the F-35 Lightning II, and is anticipated to save millions of dollars for the F-35 Program.
Virginia Class Submarine Affordability Initiative
A major achievement of the Navy ManTech program has been our Virginia Class Submarine (VCS) affordability initiative. Extensive interaction and cooperation among Navy ManTech, Navy ManTech Centers of Excellence, General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB), Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding, the Program Executive Office for Submarines and the PMS 450 Program Office have resulted in a focused ManTech initiative that is successfully transitioning and implementing technology to aid in the Navy’s and industry’s common goal to reduce the cost of each VCS. This savings enabled the construction of two submarines per year starting in 2012. To date for VCS, technology from 59 of the portfolio’s approximately 147 projects have been implemented, or are in the process of being implemented, resulting in real acquisition cost savings of approximately $41.6M per hull, verified by our industrial partners and PMS 450.
Learn more about ManTech’s cost-reduction efforts for Navy ships and aircraft.