Jan. 25 (UPI) -- ERAPSCO has been awarded a contract for engineering support for the Navy's underwater active sonobuoys.
The deal, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $9.6 million under the terms of a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery and is a modification on a previously awarded contract.
The contract taps ERAPSCO for the procurement of engineering support services, along with other design and development efforts for multiple ping sonobuoy qualification and testing.
The U.S. Navy has long maintained an anti-submarine warfare capability that is used to detect, identify and track hostile submarines. The Navy uses three different types of sonobuoys to find and track submarines that may be lurking beneath the water.
Passive sonobuoys listen for the energy or sound produced by a submarine, active sonobuoys send a "ping" into the water in the hope of generating an echo from a potential hostile submarine and special purpose buoys provide amplifying information to radar technicians and intelligence analysts by collecting data on water temperature and ambient noise, according to the Navy.
Work on the contract will occur in DeLeon Springs, Fla., and Columbia City, Ind., and is expected to be completed in January 2021.
More than $1.7 million will be obligated to ERAPSCO at the time of award from the Navy's fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds, and the funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.