The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Higgins, one of several vessels in the U.S. Navy that uses either the newer AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 or original AN/SQQ-89(V) undersea and anti-submarine warfare combat system. The new version was installed on 35 destroyers and cruisers as of December 2016. U.S. Navy photo
June 21 (UPI) -- Leidos Innovation has received a $27.4 million modification to an existing contract for logistics and installation of the Navy's AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 undersea warfare system, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday.
The contract modification will cover transport of materials, costs related to logistical support, waterfront operations, and installation of the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 onto surface ships.
Work will be conducted at Norfolk, Va., San Diego, Calif., and other sites across the United States, as well as at Yokosaka, Japan, and Rota, Spain.
The contract is expected to be completed by August 2018. Costs will be covered by fiscal 2016 and 2017 Navy procurement and foreign military sales funds. The Navy is allocating $4.2 million in fiscal 2017 Navy operations and maintenance funds to Leidos at the time the contract is awarded, with $258,285 expiring at the end of the fiscal year.
The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Surface Ship ASW Combat system is an integrated undersea warfare suite designed to detect, track, provide targeting data, and engage enemy submarines, mines, and other underwater systems.
The system collects data from a variety of sonar systems such as towed-arrays, sonobuoys and other active and passive systems, creating one sensor picture to allow better situational awareness and response time. It is designed to integrate and share data with the Aegis Combat System.
The AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 has seen use on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, Ticonderoga-class cruisers, and Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates in foreign service.