Raytheon wins $83-million contract for underwater defense vehicle

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Raytheon Company has been awarded an $83-million contract for the design, test, and deployment of an autonomous, unmanned underwater vehicle known as the Barracuda mine neutralization system.

The majority of the work for the project will be performed in Portsmouth.

The Barracuda mine neutralization system is an expendable, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle intended to identify and neutralize sea mines on the ocean floor, near the surface, and drifting in the water. 

The vehicle will field a shallow water capability and be an expendable modular neutralizer consisting of a kill mechanism, propulsion, sensors, and communications buoy that enables wireless communication. 

“We’ve applied our sonar expertise and our understanding of the complex undersea environment to Barracuda,” said Raytheon’s Paul Ferraro, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems’ Seapower Capability Systems business. “It’s an innovative solution for the Navy’s mine countermeasure mission and we are now one step closer to delivering.”

This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $362,740,742

Ninety-six percent of the work, the majority, will be performed in Portsmouth. 

The project is expected to be completed by November 2022.

Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $11,392,392 will be obligated at time of award and $1,594,935 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 

This contract was competitively procured on the basis of full and open competition via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one offer received.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, WashingtonDistrict of Columbia, is the contracting agency. 

Raytheon, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation company specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. 

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