DRS to provide electronic equipment for US submarines and vessels

12 April 2015 (Last Updated April 12th, 2015 18:30)

DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica company, has received contracts from the US Navy to provide equipments for its submarines and other vessels.

DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica company, has received contracts from the US Navy to provide equipments for its submarines and other vessels.

The two indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity agreements have a total potential ceiling value of about $440m.

With an estimated ceiling value of $384m, the first contract will see the company upgrade electronic equipments fitted on the navy's different classes of submarines.

Specifically the company will develop, produce and integrate the latest generation electronic equipment on the submarines.

Under the new agreement DRS will serve as the the prime-contractor with the US Navy, which will expand its role as a major submarine combat systems supplier.

"Under the new agreement DRS will serve as the the prime-contractor with the US Navy, which will expand its role as a major submarine combat systems supplier."

As part of the second agreement, which has a potential ceiling value of $55m, DRS will deliver enhancements to the integrated voice communications systems (IVCS) installed on the navy's Aegis cruisers and destroyers.

The IVCS is a computer-controlled telephone system that consists of two interconnected interior-communications switching centres, dial terminals, net terminals, terminal accessories and associated cabling.

The system can be connected to the ship's announcing system, shore telephone lines, radio communications and certain battle sound-powered telephone circuits.

The Aegis combat system is an integrated combination of sensors, weapons, computers, software and display systems.

In a separate development, DRS also received an eight-year, $100m contract from General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada to produce surveillance systems for Canadian Army's LAV 6.0 armoured vehicles.

DRS will supply mast mounted, long-range surveillance suites and service support as part of the Canadian Army Light Armoured Vehicle - Reconnaissance Surveillance System (LRSS) project.