Harris wins $15M submarine sensor contract for Navy
Harris Corp. was awarded a follow-on contract worth $15 million to provide acoustic sensors for the U.S. Navy’s 10 Virginia-class submarines.
The sensors for the Light Weight Wide Aperture Array system improve accuracy for the tracking of ships and submarines by providing data to the submarine’s combat system. This improves situational awareness of the movement of friendly and hostile forces underwater. The sensors are housed in a conformal package that mounts to the submarine hull.
“These latest systems will join the 18 ship sets the company has already supplied for the Navy’s newest and most capable submarines,” said Jim Brunelle, director, Harris Undersea Systems business. “Harris’ solutions protect our forces operating at sea and provide the situational awareness they need to succeed in their critical missions.”
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Harris Corp. will provide the systems to Northrop Grumman Corp., the prime contractor on the program. Deliveries under the contract are expected to start in September 2015 and be completed by December 2019.
Melbourne-based Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) has been a supplier of undersea warfare systems to the U.S. Navy and allies worldwide for more than 60 years. The company has $8 billion in annual revenue and about 23,000 employees — including 6,000 in Florida — supporting customers in more than 125 countries.