Northrop Grumman has selected CPI Aerostructures to manufacture pod structural housings for the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS).
The contract has a period of performance through 2021 and includes options, which if exercised will bring the cumulative value of the award to $6.75m.
In December 2014, Northrop Grumman received an order from the US Navy to deliver five additional low rate initial production (LRIP) systems, along with five subsequent options to supply follow-on full rate production (FRP) systems.
The delivery of the pod structural housings is expected to begin in early 2016.
Northrop’s ALMDS is part of the mine countermeasure mission package on the US Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship.
In addition to the delivery of five ALMDS, the company is responsible to provide equipment, spares and technical support services.
The helicopter-mounted ALMDS is capable of rapidly locating surface and near-surface moored mines and deactivating them before they cause harm to military or commercial vessels.
With the support of pulsed laser light and streak tube receivers integrated in an external equipment pod, the system will be able to generate 3D images of the complete near-surface volume area of the sea.
Northrop delivered 12 ALMDS pods to the US Navy through four low-rate initial production lots.
Since 2005, CPI Aero has supplied 18 ALMDS pod structural housings for the US Navy’s LRIP phases one through four, in addtion to other foreign sales.
The Northrop ALMDS team consists of Areté Associates, Cutting Edge Optronics, CPI Aerostructures, Curtiss Wright Defense Solutions and Meggitt Defence Systems.