The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded a new contract to HALO Maritime Defense Systems for the delivery of a fully automated waterside security barrier at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

HALO is a Newton, New Hampshire-based provider of advanced engineered solutions for securing strategic maritime assets.

The HALO barriers are currently the only marine security barriers to have been validated in independent, fully instrumented crash testing conducted by the US Navy.

HALO president and COO captain Brendan Gray said: “After four years of rigorous testing and evaluation by the US Navy, HALO won this competitive procurement as HALO barriers are the only barriers that are certified to meet or exceed the current US Navy performance specifications.”

The current $3.48m deal is the first operational contract between HALO and the US Navy, and represents a continuation of the long-standing relationship between the two organisations.

The two-year contract will see HALO be responsible for replacing the legacy manual barrier at Naval Station Norfolk with the advanced, fully automated HALO Guardian Gate.

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"HALO won this competitive procurement as our barriers are the only barriers that are certified to meet or exceed the current US Navy performance specifications."

In addition, the company will have to provide maintenance and support services for the first year of the barrier's operation.

HALO's Guardian Gate is being deployed in order to protect US Navy vessels during their stay in port, as well as offer a minimum clearance of 300ft for vessel passage in and out of port.

The HALO waterside security barrier system features a modular assembly design that makes it the only commercial off-the-shelf, scalable, and fully automatic waterside security barrier on the market.

The double-wall barrier Guardian Gate system can be connected to any existing infrastructure or other HALO security systems.

It also generates equal strength and stopping power across the length of the entire barrier, has been developed to stop an attacking boat on impact by transferring the kinetic energy of the force into the water mass that is trapped between the barrier walls.