UTC Aerospace Systems has received a USD$39 million US Navy contract to supply surface ship sonar domes for the branch’s Oliver Hazard-class frigates and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
Terms of the contract state that it runs until 2020, and the quantity and delivery is undefined. The contract also calls for UTC to provide shipping, installation and transportation fixtures, engineering and field services, inspection and repairs.
"Our proven ability to provide advanced acoustic products that maximize sonar system performance gives our sailors a significant at-sea advantage,"
said Aerostructures President Marc Duvall.
"Our dedicated team of engineers and manufacturing experts at EPP is committed to delivering superior acoustic technologies in support of the U.S. Navy's most advanced surface combatants. We look forward to the opportunity to build upon our longstanding relationship with the U.S. Navy with this sonar dome contract."
The sonar domes they are providing are acoustically transparent housings that surround the sonar transducer array used for detection, navigation, and ranging. It permits acoustic energy to pass through with minimal sound transmission interference.
The two types of sonar drones UTC will provide are a sonar composite drone (SCD) and a sonar dome rubber window (SDRW).
An Oliver Hazard-class frigate is designed as an escort vessel. Some of its specifications include:
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is a bit bigger:
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