USA Upgrades Submarine Fleet Acoustics Under A-RCI Program

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5-year Tech Insertion hardware contract for USA and Australia.

Sept 29/14: TI. DRS Laurel Technologies in Johnstown, PA receives a $171.1 million fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for combat control and sonar Technology Insertion Hardware. The equipment will upgrade systems currently installed on American SSN 688i Improved Los Angeles Class, SSN-21 Seawolf, SSN-774 Virginia class, and Ohio SSBN/ SSGNs (94.2%), and Australia’s diesel-electric SSK Collins Class (5.8%). It will also provide initial installed systems for SSN Virginia class Block III and future SSBN Ohio Replacement submarines. Funds will be committed as orders are placed. The SSBN-X submarines are very much a future project, but the contract has options that could bring its cumulative value to an estimated $384.3 million.

Work will be performed in Johnstown, PA (92%); Burnsville, MN (7%); and Manassas, VA (1%), and is expected to be complete by September 2019. This contract was competitively procured via, with 3 offers received by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport in Keyport, WA (N00253-14-D-0004).

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Acoustic Rapid Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Insertion (A-RCI) is a sonar system upgrade installed on the USA’s entire submarine fleet, including SSN-688 Los Angeles & SSN-688I Improved Los Angeles Class, SSN-21 Seawolf Class, SSN-744 Virginia Class, SSBN-726 Ohio Class nuclear missile boats, and the new SSGN Tactical Trident special ops and strike subs. This DID Spotlight on ARCI […]

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