Navy orders Raytheon mine-hunting sonar

March 4, 2014 at 1:01 PM

TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 4 (UPI) -- Mine-hunting sonar systems and related equipment are to be provided to the U.S. Navy by Raytheon under a $35.5 million contract.

The variable depth system to be provided is the AN/AQS-20A remote mine-hunting system, which is towed undersea and which will be deployed from a littoral combat ship.

"An essential component of LCS, AN/AQS-20A advances the capability of the ship's mine counter-measure arsenal," said Kevin Peppe, vice president of Seapower Capability Systems for Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "Enhanced to optimize detection, in both range and accuracy, AN/AQS-20A provides the Navy with the advantage they need to safely detect and effectively identify these undersea threats."

Raytheon said the $35.5 million award contains options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the award to $199,692,601.

The number of units to be provided was not disclosed. The majority of the work will be performed at Raytheon's facility in Portsmouth, R.I.

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