Hydroid to deliver a Launch & Recovery System (LARS) to be used on a U.S. Navy Glider contract.
Hydroid announced today that they have recently
been awarded a contract from Teledyne Brown Engineering for a Launch & Recovery
System (LARS) to be used on a U.S. Navy Glider contract. The Space and Naval Warfare
Systems Command, on behalf of the Navy's Program Executive Office for C4I awarded
the contract to design, engineer, build, test, and deliver ocean Littoral Battlespace
Sensing-Gliders (LBS-G) to Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc (TBE), of Huntsville,
Alabama earlier this year.
Teledyne Brown will lead the effort using the Teledyne Webb Research "SLOCUM"
Glider. Teledyne's initial cost plus incentive fee contract is valued at $6.2 million.
If all options are exercised, the contract would be valued at approximately $52.6
Commenting on the recent contract award Jean Downs, Teledyne Browns Program Manager
of the Littoral Battlespace Sensing-Glider contract said, "we are pleased to have
Hydroid on our team as a subcontractor to supply the shipboard LARS for this contract.
Deploying and recovering these gliders in rough sea conditions without putting a
small boat in the water is critical to the success of the program."
Ms. Downs further stated that "the SLOCUM gliders will be deployed from T-AGS
60 Pathfinder class ships, and Hydroid's experience with LARS systems for the REMUS
6000 UUVs deployed from this class of ship will prove very beneficial to our team."
At present there are several other LARS deployed on T-AGS 60 ships used for the
deployment and recovery of the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) very deep diving
REMUS 6000 UUVs. Kevin McCarthy, Vice President of Marketing at Hydroid, stated
that "the LARS that will be delivered to Teledyne Brown will be very similar to
the units that are presently in the field. The systems will be field retrofitable
to change out the docking head, thus enabling the same LARS to handle either Teledyne
Webb SLOCUM gliders, or REMUS UUV assets."