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.
EDO Corporation received a contract from the Israeli Navy to purchase its advanced-technology ALOFTS Model 980 low-frequency, active, towed-array sonar. ALOFTS provides a long-range sensor capability that will counter the threat of extremely quiet submarines operating in either shallow or deep water. The Israeli Navy has used EDO’s sonar systems in the past, and after a thorough review the Israeli Defense Force Sea Corps (Tzahal Cheyl Ha’Yam) signed a contract valued at more than $7 million, plus options for additional systems.
Because of the problems faced by the USA’s ASDS special forces mini-sub program, the need arose to extend and upgrade existing “wet delivery” SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDV). Now Sonatech Inc in Santa Barbara, CA has received a $7.1 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract to provide for life-cycle maintenance, spare parts and new obstacle avoidance sonar fabrication support of SDV. Sonatech will furnish five Obstacle Avoidance Sonar (OAS) systems, along with diagnostic evaluation, repair and upgrade, OAS spares, field support, and obsolescence studies.
Work will be performed in Santa Barbara, CA (98%) and various government sites (2%), and is expected to be complete by March 2011. This contract was a sole source effort issued by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division in Panama City, FL.
Kongsberg Underwater Technology Inc. in Lynnwood, WA received an estimated $6.7 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed price, performance-based contract to provide Multibeam Sonar Systems for permanent installation aboard T-AGS 60 Pathfinder Class survey vessels operated by the US Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO). The contract also includes four one-year option periods, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $29.5 million.
Work will be performed in Lynwood, WA, and is expected to be complete by February 2007. If all options are exercised, work could continue until February 2011. The contract was competitively procured under full and open competition; the RFP was posted on the SPAWAR Systems Center E-commerce website and one offer was received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, SC issued the contract (N65236-06-D-6246).
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division in Crane, IN recently issued three contracts for various sonobuoys. Sonobuoys are used to detect and identify moving underwater objects by either listening for the sounds produced by propellers and machinery (passive detection), or by bouncing a sonar “ping” off the surface of a submarine (active detection). They usually float, or have at least some part of them that does. Specialized sonobuoys can also detect electric fields, magnetic anomalies, and bioluminescence (light emitted by microscopic organisms disturbed by a passing submarine); as well as measuring environmental parameters like water temperature versus depth, air temperature, barometric pressure, and wave height.
Sonobuoys are generally dropped from aircraft or helicopters that are equipped with a means to launch them, and electronic equipment to receive and process data sent by the sonobuoy. They can also be launched from ships. The total for these three contracts is $42.2 million.
The U.S. Navy has now awarded Lockheed Martin $144.3 million for continued development of the ADS under an option to a $21 million contract awarded in 2004, a rapidly deployable undersea surveillance system. Under the option, Lockheed Martin will provide system engineering, detailed design and program management required to conduct a Detailed Design Review and build a system that will be deployed from a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) for technical and operational evaluation. If all options of the ADS contract are exercised, the cumulative value will be $243 million.
The US Navy has awarded a 10-year, cost plus award fee/award term contract with a potential dollar figure of $159 million to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. in Bethpage, NY. Northrop Grumman will serve as mission package integrator for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules program. The FY 2006 portion of the contract award is $4.5 million.
The integrator’s role is to as a system-engineering partner responsible for bringing the systems and technologies of the mission modules together, and act as a conduit for technology to be harnessed and incorporated into the LCS seaframe and mission module architectures. They will work closely with the government’s Mission Package Integration Laboratory at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City, FL, strengthening the production team that is slated deliver the first mission packages in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007.
Mission modules are integrated packages of mission-specific equipment that can be swapped in and out of the LCS. The ships will initially draw upon modules for Mine Warfare (MIW), Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) and Surface Warfare (SUW).
In a recent DID article covering the ‘merger’ of Thales Naval France into DCN, DID noted Thales’ bid for Bremen-based naval electronics firm and sonar specialist Atlas Elecktronik. Thales took great pains to insist that this naval merger did not make Thales’ naval business a creature of the French government, as German domestic political considerations were hindering the firm in its efforts to acquire Atlas from BAE Systems. There were even rumors that Thales was trying to entice a joint bid from ThyssenKrupp, a defense systems integrator and Atlas Elektronik customer who is a globally important builder of surface warships and submarines.
If so, Thales failed. ThyssenKrupp Technologies and EADS signed an agreement with BAE Systems on Dec 30/05 for the joint acquisition of Atlas Elektronik. In accordance with the agreement, ThyssenKrupp Technologies will hold 60% of Atlas and EADS 40%, creating a new “Maritime Electronics House.” Financial details remain undisclosed, but Thales was rumored to be offering EUR 300 million, while EADS-ThyssenKrupp were rumored to be offering EUR 250 million.
Northrop Grumman’s Naval and Marine Systems Division in Annapolis, MD received a $17.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for development of anti-submarine warfare swarms of autonomous, networked unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) that could monitor an area. This contract includes three one-year options, which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $44.7 million.