Harris to support the US Navy’s maritime mine defence programmes

20 August 2015 (Last Updated August 20th, 2015 18:30)

The US Navy has awarded two contracts to Harris Corporation to support the US Naval Surface Warfare Center's littoral, expeditionary and maritime mine defence programmes.

The US Navy has awarded two contracts to Harris Corporation to support the US Naval Surface Warfare Center's littoral, expeditionary and maritime mine defence programmes.

These two five-year multi-award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts have a combined ceiling value of $70m.

Harris will now compete for delivery orders to offer hardware, materials, and supplies to support critical fleet readiness and the expansion of science and technology programmes.

Harris Undersea Systems business director Jim Brunelle said: "The contracts extend Harris' 50-year legacy of supporting the navy's advanced mine countermeasure efforts.

"They enable us to support the navy's evolving global challenges in the most focused, efficient way possible."

"The contracts extend Harris' 50-year legacy of supporting the navy's advanced mine countermeasure efforts."

The company offers magnetic and acoustic mine countermeasure technology including airborne, surface, subsurface, and unmanned applications.

Harris' technology has been involved in every US Navy mine clearance operation since 1974, the company stated.

In addition, Harris recently secured an IDIQ contract worth $228m to support the US Navy's maritime mine countermeasures (MCM) efforts.

Awarded by the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific, the new five-year contract will see the delivery of surface and subsurface unmanned maritime systems solutions.

Under this contract, Harris will be responsible for supplying solutions to support current systems and future technologies in MCM anti-submarine warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and force protection.

The company also received a follow-on contract worth $15m in July to build, test, and deliver acoustic sensors for lightweight wide aperture array (LWWAA) systems aboard the US Navy's newest Virginia-class submarines.