Kollmorgen Corporation’s Electro-Optical Division in Northampton, MA received a $9.4 million firm-fixed-price modification under a previously awarded contract. It exercises an option for production of three major shore-spares for AN/BVS-1 photonics mast systems, which are installed on SSN-774 Virginia Class and SSGN Ohio Class stealth strike submarines. Work will be performed in Northampton, Mass. (70%); Seattle, WA (8%); Westfield, MA (6%); Boston, MA (6%); Joplin, MO (4%); Cincinnati, OH (2%); Orlando, FL (2%); and Hackensack, NJ (2%); and is expected to be complete by July 2009. The Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, DC issued the contract (N00024-02-C-6247).
The photonics mast is a non-hull penetrating electronic imaging subsystem of the command and control system. It incorporates visible, infrared and electronic support measures sensors and stealth features that will provide new capabilities for attack submarines. In addition, its use changes the internal layout of submarines that use them in important and useful ways. The subsystem is comprised of the sensor, mast, data transmission, and control/display groups.