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April 10, 2013

U.S. Navy calls on BAE Systems to provide critical mine detection sensor prototype

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BAE Systems has been awarded a $20 million contract to develop an advanced prototype system that detects mines and obstacles in near-shore waters for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

As part of the Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis program, the laser-based airborne system will provide 24-hour capability to ensure our troopsí safe transition from ship to shore.

This program will help save lives, and to us there is no better reward than providing technology to help protect those who put themselves in harmís way while serving our nation,î said Reid Noguchi, general manager of BAE Systems Spectral Solutions. ìHaving conducted extensive research and development in advanced sensors, airborne prototype systems, and sophisticated real time software, BAE Systems has worked closely with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to mature the technologies and capabilities to meet the Navyís mine countermeasures needs on an accelerated timeline.

These technologies are being prototyped under Section 819 of the National Defense Authorization Act, which is aimed at the development of advanced components or prototypes, according to Brian Almquist, program officer in the ONR Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department. ìThis law helps to reduce acquisition costs and also accelerates delivery of technology to the fleet to protect our sailors and marines from this prolific threat,î Almquist said.

The COBRA program leverages BAE Systemsí borderless approach to harness key resources in design, integration, and testing. The work will be performed at the companyís facilities in Honolulu, Hawaii; Greenlawn, N.Y; Acton, Mass.; and Hudson, N.H.




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