LRAD to provide acoustic devices to US Navy

12 June 2013 (Last Updated June 12th, 2013 18:30)

The US Navy has awarded a contract to LRAD to develop and deliver small, medium and large long-range acoustic devices (LRAD) and acoustic hailing devices (AHDs).

LRAD system on a US Navy ship

The US Navy has awarded a contract to LRAD to develop and deliver small, medium and large long-range acoustic devices (LRAD) and acoustic hailing devices (AHDs).

Under the multi-year $12.2m firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract, the company will provide LRAD and AHDs mounts, test teardown and evaluation, provision item order spares, and data.

The small, medium and large AHDs will be used by the Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Afloat Program Office as well as other departments of defence.

LRAD CEO Tom Brown said: "LRAD systems and support equipment will be used to support large and small deck naval surface ships, submarines, security boats and shore security operations in anti-terrorism/force protection missions."

"LRAD systems and support equipment will be used to support large and small deck naval surface ships, submarines, security boats and shore security operations in anti-terrorism/force protection missions."

Operated by a simple, familiar, and standardised interface, the devices have been designed to broadcast authoritative and highly intelligible communication to warn and shape the behaviour of potential threats.

The LRAD systems can broadcast powerful deterrent tones, commands and instructions with unprecedented clarity and range at distances up to 3,500m while reducing the risk of exposing nearby personnel or peripheral bystanders to harmful audio levels.

Scheduled to be complete by June 2018, work under the contract will be carried out in San Diego, California, US, while the US Naval Surface Warfare Center will serve as the contracting activity.


Image: A LRAD system installed on to a US Navy ship. Photo: courtesy of Lradcorporation.

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