$49.1M to Support, Repair Towed Sonar Arrays
L-3 Communications Corp.’s Ocean Systems Division in Sylmar, CA received a $49.1 million cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to support, repair, and upgrade the TB-23/BQ thinline towed array system and support equipment. Towed array sonars are kind of like Christmas lights, except each light is a sonar emitter. They trail in the water behind moving ships, which accept the data they generate and collate each emitter’s data into a powerful underwater picture.
Work will be performed at L-3 Communications Ocean Systems Division, Sylmar, Calif. and is expected to be completed September 2010. The contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C issued the contract (N00024-05-C-6237). Parent Company L-3 Communications has recently made headlines for its multi-billion dollar acquisition of Titan, and also for the criminal investigation aimed at one of its subsidiaries over the CESL emergency radio scandal.