U.S. Navy Awards Raytheon $28 million for Variable Depth Sonar
TEWKSBURY, Mass. — The U.S. Navy has selected Raytheon Co. to provide the new Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) for the littoral combat ships (LCSs), Raytheon said in a May 23 release. The $27.9 million contract followed a study and product-assessment phase during which Raytheon proved the solution’s features and capabilities met all the Navy’s design and performance requirements.
A mission-critical antisubmarine warfare asset, the VDS will be deployed from the LCS to locate and track enemy submarines.
This ship-deployed sonar system design, identical for both the Freedom- and Independence-class variants of the LCS, features reduced weight to minimize ship impact, increased maneuverability and it provides the opportunity for increased warfighting payloads. Ease of operation improves crew efficiency and operational effectiveness. These features were validated by the fleet sailors who operated the system at a full-scale demonstration at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in August 2016.
Raytheon’s VDS benefits from the agility and expertise of a dedicated team, including Curtiss Wright-Indal, Adaptive Methods Inc., Purvis Systems and Harbor Branch.
Now under contract, Raytheon will advance its design to a full pre-production test article, expected to be complete in late 2018. The contract includes options for production which, if exercised, brings total contract value to more than $300 million.