Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has been awarded a contract, worth around $25 million, by the U.S. Navy to develop the first production unit of the TB-37X Multi-Function Towed Array (MFTA) system.
This contract includes cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive, and firm-fixed-price options with stepladder pricing, which, if exercised at maximum quantities, would bring the cumulative value to around $297 million. The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the contracting activity.
Work will be performed in Liverpool, New York (53 %); Millersville, Maryland (44 %); Marion, Massachusetts (1 %); Cleveland, Ohio (1 %); and Albuquerque, New Mexico (1 %), and is expected to be completed by October 2026.
The TB-37X MFTA is an improved version of the legacy TB-37/U MFTA surface ship array and is intended to replace the TB-29A thin-line towed array onboard the U.S. Navy vessels.
The new system will incorporate next-generation telemetry to mitigate reliability and obsolescence issues experienced with the legacy TB-37/U MFTA.
The legacy TB-37/U MFTA is an integral part of the AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 Undersea Warfare (USW) Combat System Improvement Program for the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyers, CG-47 Ticonderoga Class missile cruisers and DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class destroyers. The TB-37X will be deployed on additional platforms, including Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) and Next Generation Guided Missile Frigates (FFG(X)).