NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- L-3 Communications says it will install an undersea warfare training center off the Florida coast for the U.S. Navy.
The state-of-the-art training center by L-3's MariPro division will cover an area of 500 square nautical miles.
"This is an exciting win for our group as we continue to focus our business on priority Department of Defense areas," said Robert E. Leskow, president of L-3's Marine and Power Systems Group.
"L-3 is a world leader in ocean bottom acoustic technology systems and we are committed to the continuous development of these critical technologies as we expand our market position as a specialized player in this arena."
"This award is a strategic win for the development of maritime ranges, a core business area for us," said John Fox, president of L-3's Ocean Systems sector. "We look forward to continuing to enhance the Navy's training capability as we have for many decades, providing the most reliable undersea training technology."
Construction of the range will be a two-stage process. Phase I of the program will provide the initial infrastructure, including shore facilities and equipment and near-shore cable and seabed sensors to instrument an area of approximately 200 square nautical miles. Phase II includes placing instrumentation in the remaining area.
L-3 said its work under the multiyear award -- worth $127 million -- includes designing and manufacturing of the facility and systems.