Raytheon given low-frequency sonar orders

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Raytheon Co. has received two U.S. Navy contracts totaling $115.7 million for AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low-Frequency Sonar.

The sonar is the primary undersea warfare sensor for the U.S. Navy's MH-60R multi-mission helicopter.


The contracts were awarded by Naval Air Systems Command and Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Strategic Acquisition.

ALFS provides critical undersea warfare mission support capabilities, including submarine detection, tracking, localization, classification, acoustic intercept, underwater communication and environmental data collection.

Under the first contract, valued at $59.7 million, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems will manufacture, integrate, test and deliver ALFS systems. The company will also provide data and weapons replaceable assemblies for systems under test as well as helicopter maintenance trainer assets.

The second contract, for $56 million, provides for spares for fleet-deployed systems.

"ALFS provides an essential capability, the centerpiece of our airborne anti-submarine warfare mission," said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Steven R. Eastburg, program executive officer, Air ASW, Assault & Special Mission. "Working in tandem with our other battlegroup assets, the versatility and effectiveness of ALFS delivers our first line of defense against the threat of enemy submarines."

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