WHOI Bags US Navy Undersea Services Contract

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was awarded a $35,5 million contract for engineering and technical services for the US Navy.

The contract will support the Navy in developing, assessing, upgrading and modernizing the Persistent Littoral Undersea Surveillance program, the Digital Acoustic Communications development program, the Remote Environmental Measuring Units (REMUS) Autonomous Undersea Vehicle program, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal “Fast Track” program, development and operational support for the REMUS Automated Submarine Launch and Recovery Capability program, and the development of new advanced ocean technologies related to these programs.

These systems are essential to evaluate the evolving advanced ocean technologies, improve operational capability, support rapid prototype development, and provide technology improvement recommendations including: battery and energy systems, propulsion systems, navigation systems, control systems, sensor systems, acoustic communication systems, data acquisition systems, and the development of new functionality to shipboard systems.

The majority of work will be performed in Woods Hole, Massachusetts (55 percent) and is expected to be completed in August 2019.

Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation contract funds in the amount of $645,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, is the contracting activity.

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