$38.7M for 5 LRIP Stage AQS-20A Sonars
Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense Systems in Portsmouth, RI received a not-to-exceed $38.7 million firm-fixed-price/ cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-05-C-6324) for Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of five AN/AQS-20A sonar mine detecting systems and associated engineering services around test and delivery. Work will be performed in Portsmouth, RI (88%) and Tucson, AZ (12%), and is expected to be completed by March 2010. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C issued the contract. See Raytheon’s press release as well.
The AN/AQS-20A sonar is used for mine detection work in deep or shallow waters, in direct organic support of Carrier Strike Groups and Expeditionary Strike Groups. It can be towed by an MH-60S Knight Hawk helicopter, where it is a component of the organic airborne mine countermeasures system (AMCM) set. It can also be towed behind a WLD-1 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle, as a part of the Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ship’s mine warfare mission module.