Navy Taps Raytheon to Build Barracuda Mine-Neutralization System
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has awarded to Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems a contract to design, test and develop the Barracuda mine-neutralization system, a future mission module of the mine countermeasures (MCM) mission package for the littoral combat ship (LCS).
The Barracuda is “an expendable, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle intended to identify and neutralize bottom, near-surface and drifting sea mines,” the April 17 Defense Department announcement said. “It will field a shallow-water capability and be an expendable modular neutralizer consisting of a kill mechanism, propulsion, sensors and communications buoy that enables wireless communication to the deployment platform.”
Naval Sea Systems awarded to Raytheon an $83.3 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the Barracuda development. The contract includes options that potentially would bring the value to $362.7 million. This contract is planned for completion by November 2022.
The Barracuda is needed to succeed the ALQ-220 OASIS (Organic Airborne and Surface Influence Sweep) system originally intended for the LCS’s MCM mission package, particularly to neutralize surface and near-surface mines.