Leidos to support SEAFAC’s signature silencing programme

3 January 2018 (Last Updated January 3rd, 2018 11:32)

Leidos has secured a prime contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) to support the Southeast Alaska Measurement Facility's (SEAFAC) signature silencing programme.

Leidos has secured a prime contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) to support the Southeast Alaska Measurement Facility’s (SEAFAC) signature silencing programme.

SEAFAC is the US Navy’s sole West Coast-based asset for conducting high-fidelity passive acoustic signature measurements.

The programme involves the development of silencing requirements, silencing technology, materials, equipment and systems in order to ensure that all naval vessels have the lowest possible acoustic, radar, infrared, electro-optical and magnetic signatures, while being both cost-effective and compatible with the ship’s mission.

"We look forward to continuing to provide innovative logistics, maintenance and operations expertise to ensure SEAFAC is able to maintain a technical advantage in undersea systems."

SEAFAC’s silencing products are intended to help reduce the signature(s) at the source, reduce the signature(s) before it is radiated and prevent the return of threat sensor energy to its source.

The new single-award, cost-plus fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract features a total value of approximately $42m and will have a performance period of five years.

Work on the project will be mainly carried out in Ketchikan, Alaska, and Poulsbo, Washington, US.

Leidos Group president Mike Chagnon said: “We look forward to continuing to provide innovative logistics, maintenance and operations expertise to ensure SEAFAC is able to maintain a technical advantage in undersea systems.”

The deal will see Leidos continue to deliver logistics, maintenance, operations and programme management assistance services to support the US Navy and Marine signature silencing programmes for naval vessels and undersea systems.

The company currently supports the operations and maintenance of SEAFAC during and between acoustic trials, including the operation, maintenance and repair of all SEAFAC assets and support systems.

Leidos also provides several communications and emergency services.

NSWCCD offers assistance for technical products across a broad range of scientific areas related to surface and undersea platforms, including maritime science and technology.