U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $13 Million Contract for Mine Sweeping Equipment
SYRACUSE, NY, 28-MAY-03 -- The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $13 million firm-fixed-price contract for seven AN/AQS-232 Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems (AMNS) for MH-53E helicopters. The contract includes support equipment, shipboard containers, expendable neutralizers, training and minor engineering changes. Work is scheduled to be completed by early 2004. AMNS is an expendable, remotely operated mine neutralization device, deployed from MH-53E helicopters, to provide identification and neutralization of bottom and moored mines. A primary component of AMNS, the SEAFOX unmanned underwater vehicle, is provided by STN-Atlas. Because it is designed to be operated from helicopters, the AMNS provides the Navy with the capability to destroy mines in the littoral battlespace without having to use supporting mine countermeasures ships.
Today's mission requirements demand that mines be rapidly and efficiently detected and eliminated to assure Navy access to littoral areas, said John O'Neill, president of Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Undersea Systems. The AN/AQS-232 is a key element in enabling the Navy to achieve littoral battlespace dominance.
The Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems (NE&SS)-Undersea Systems business unit is a leader in integrating complex systems for domestic and international military, civil government and commercial customers. Undersea Systems provides the U.S. Navy with antisubmarine, mine countermeasure, and electronic warfare systems and sensors. NE&SS-Undersea Systems is the system integrator for the U.S. Navy's Virginia class submarines, the combat system supplier for Seawolf class submarines, and the acoustics supplier for all U.S. Navy submarines, destroyers and cruisers.