USA: Exelis Wins Mine Clearance Support Contract
Exelis has received a contract valued at more than $13 million to provide the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind., with depot level repair, maintenance and modifications for two mine defense systems currently fielded with the U.S. Navy.
The Exelis MK-105 Minesweeping System and Airborne Mine Neutralization System provide the capability to conduct quick-response, high-speed airborne mine countermeasures. The MK-105 has been successfully supporting the U.S. Navy’s mine clearance mission since 1972. The MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter tows the system through the water as it detonates mines and enables safe passage of military and commercial vessels.
“The MK-105 minesweeping system is an essential technology for the U.S. Navy’s mine countermeasure operations,” said Dave Prater, vice president and general manager of the Exelis radar, reconnaissance and undersea systems business. “As the original manufacturer, we have the knowledge and expertise to perform technology insertion, maintenance and depot repairs to ensure continued effectiveness of this critical capability.”
Work under this contract will be performed in Panama City, Fla., and is expected to be completed by December 2014.
Press Release, February 28, 2014; Image: Exelis