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Lockheed awarded contract for submarine periscope sensors

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has been awarded a $116.7 million contract for engineering and support of the Integrated Submarine Imaging Systems program.

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Stephen Carlson
Sensors mounted on Virginia-class submarine. Lockheed Martin has been contracted by the Department of Defense for work on a sensor system expected to be mounted on all Los Angeles-, Ohio- and Virginia-class submarines. U.S. Navy photo
Sensors mounted on Virginia-class submarine. Lockheed Martin has been contracted by the Department of Defense for work on a sensor system expected to be mounted on all Los Angeles-, Ohio- and Virginia-class submarines. U.S. Navy photo

July 25 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has been awarded a $116.7 million modification to an existing contract for engineering and support of the Integrated Submarine Imaging Systems, or ISIS, program.

Contract services include design, development, testing, technology integration and field engineering work for the ISIS program, the Department of Defense announced on Monday .

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The work will be conducted in Manassas, Va., Syracuse, N.Y., and other sites across the United States, with a projected completion date of September 2018. Navy funds in the amount of $27.9 million will be obligated upon award.

The AN/BVY-1 Integrated Submarine Imaging System is a system of digital cameras and sensors replacing standard periscope optics on Los Angeles-, Ohio-, and Virginia-class submarines.

ISIS uses image enhanced high-definition digital cameras with real-time and recording capabilities. Imagery and video can be easily shared with other vessels and command-and-control elements.

It will be mounted on a photonic mast that includes other passive and active sensors for detecting enemy surface ships, and radar systems. The mast includes range-finders and fire-control for passive firing solutions.

Periscopes allow submarines to collect visual and sensor data on enemy vessels without using any active systems that might reveal the submarine's position. They can also be used for shore reconnaissance and signals intercepts collection.

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