VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., May 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. subsidiary of Germany's Atlas Elektronic Group is supply SeaFox mine neutralization systems for use by the U.S. Navy.
Under the contract for the systems, from Lockheed Martin, Atlas North America will deliver systems for three U.S. Navy Avenger-class ships and six MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopters operating with the U.S. Central Command, which has responsibility for the Middle East region.
The Avenger-class ship is a mine counter-measures vessel.
Atlas North America said the contract includes testing, operation and life-cycle support for the systems.
SeaFox is a one-shot mine disposal vehicle guided by fiber optics and using integrated homing sonar. It has a built-in explosive charge.
"We are pleased that the SeaFox system has been selected for this very important contract, enabling us to continue providing undersea warfare systems for use by the U.S. Navy," said Dieter Rottsieper and Volker Paltzo, managing directors of the Atlas Elektronik Group.
Atlas North America said all systems will be delivered within a calendar year.