Navy Integrated Submarine Imaging System (ISIS) Program Combines Digital and Visual Imaging for Periscopes

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September 6, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: September 6 on

The Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $126.3 million contract modification to provide digital imaging and other services in support of a program to help protect the service’s submarine fleet.

The program, the Integrated Submarine Imaging System, also known as ISIS, puts visual and digital imaging into submarine periscopes, providing all-weather, high-resolution imagery for Los Angeles, Seawolf, Ohio and Virginia Class submarines. The system makes use of existing components while providing an architecture that allows for future upgrades, according to a contract announcement by the Defense Department.

The Navy awarded Lockheed a $92.8 million contract for ISIS in 2009 and has modified it several times since. It replaced the optical system used in periscopes with one that uses high-res cameras and fiber-optic imagery to feed into a digital video display that can be shown on displays throughout the submarine, while giving operators the ability to enhance the image.