GoAhead Software, a small company based in Bellevue, Washington, announced in late August that it will act as a partner to Lockheed Martin's MS2 business unit for support of the combat system on board the littoral combat ship Fort Worth (LCS-3). The company will provide its standards-based middleware product, called SelReliant, to ensure high reliability of the system, which is designated COMBATSS-21.
MS2 is teamed with Marinette Marine for construction of the Fort Worth, which follows the first LCS, the Freedom (LCS-1), also built by the team, and the Independence (LCS-2), built by General Dynamics and Austal USA.
The GoAhead teaming with MS2 continues a partnership that began in 2005 for the Aegis modernization program for the 22 Ticonderoga-class cruisers and all Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The duo also are collaborating on combat system work for the Australian Navy's Hobart-class air-warfare destroyer, three of which are planned. GoAhead is supporting MS2 on Spain's F-105 frigate, working with Navantia, MS2's in-country partner.