Leidos wins contract for US Navy’s TRAPS submarine detection system

20 September 2019 (Last Updated September 20th, 2019 10:56)

Leidos has received a follow-on contract worth around $73m to continue providing submarine detection sonar services in support of US Navy operations.

Leidos has received a follow-on contract worth around $73m to continue providing submarine detection sonar services in support of US Navy operations.

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award comes with an ordering period of three years.

Leidos will perform the contract work in Virginia and Mississippi to support the navy’s Maritime Surveillance Systems Program Office.

The company will fabricate, test, and deliver Transformational Reliable Acoustic Path System (TRAPS) prototype units.

It will enable the navy to achieve the capability of long-range detection and classification of submarines in deep water environments.

Developed under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract awarded in 2014, TRAPS is a fixed passive sonar node that allows for large-area surveillance to detect submarines.

Leidos has been developing and fielding TRAPS prototype units since the beginning of the programme and is the sole provider of the systems to the navy.

Leidos C4ISR Solutions Operation Manager Eric Freeman said: “This award underscores our continuous support to the navy’s undersea warfare mission area and further emphasises our commitment to both fixed, deployable and mobile acoustic surveillance capabilities.

“Our team will continue to provide warfighters with innovative, cost-efficient solutions that modernise, upgrade, and improve the technical performance of the TRAPS prototype systems in a critical domain.”

While announcing the contract in June this year, the US Department of Defense said: “The TRAPS capability complements fixed surveillance systems and the surveillance towed array sensor system.

“TRAPS provides flexible and responsive wide-area surveillance for theatre anti-submarine warfare commanders worldwide.”

In March, Leidos was awarded a contract by the US Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command to support aircraft readiness worldwide.