Critical communications systems and solutions provider Genasys has secured an order for long range acoustic devices (LRAD) systems.

The contract has been awarded by the US Navy. It is part of a three-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract announced in June last year.

The original contract will see the US Navy replace the service’s first generation LRADs with next generation LRAD 1000Xi, a longer-range system for extended communication.

Genasys CEO Richard S Danforth said: “The navy’s ongoing replacement of first generation LRAD systems, many of which have been in service in extreme maritime conditions for more than a decade, attests to the rugged reliability of our long-range communication systems.

“In addition to the navy, 27 international naval forces also use LRAD systems for ship self-defence, establishment of vessel exclusion zones and restricted areas, port and harbour security, search and rescue operations, and boarding and interdiction missions.”

The LRAD 1000Xi communication system is designed for the protection of critical infrastructure, territorial water, as well as border and port security.

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With a carbon fibre emitter head with integrated electronics and amplification, LRAD 1000Xi features rugged military construction.

It delivers audible hails, warnings and commands from close range of up to 3,000m.

Genasys claims that it provides a ‘multi-channel approach’ for delivering geo-targeted alerts, instructions and information ‘before, during and after’ public safety threats and other critical business events.

The company’s systems are in service in over 100 countries across a wide range of applications.