The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) has awarded a new contract to oil field equipment supplier Spectro Scientific for the provision of fluid analysis equipment and support to the US Navy.
The $9.6m project will see Spectro Scientific produce, test and supply up to 69 model M-N/W SpectrOil RDE spectrometers, which will be used to replace and upgrade the current oil analysis programmes of the navy and the US Marine Corps (USMC).
It will also include the delivery of technical data, logistics support documents and initial consumables, as well as maintenance kits and components.
Spectro Government Programmes vice-president Robert Yurko said: “The contract from NAWCAD confirms that the US Navy places a high value on the quality, reliability and support provided by Spectro fluid analysis technology, as it ensures the availability and flight safety of critical aviation assets.”
The atomic emission rotrode M-N/W SpectrOil spectrometer is the only oil elemental analyser to be approved by the US Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Oil Analysis Programme (JOAP).
It is a compact, rugged, transportable and user-friendly spectrometer developed to detect and measure metals, contaminants and additives in lubricants, hydraulic fluids and coolants.
In addition, the Office of Naval Research has selected the company as one of the finalists in a research concept challenge competition that is aimed at encouraging new ideas and developments in support of the US Navy and USMC.
Image: SpectrOil and FieldLab 58 from Spectro Scientific are fluid analysis instruments that have been used by the military for the last 30 years. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.