Raytheon has been awarded an $83 million U.S. Navy contract for the design, test and deployment of the Barracuda mine neutralization system.
The Barracuda mine neutralization system is an expendable, autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (AUV/UUV), conforming to the form factor of an A-size sonobuoy, intended to identify and neutralize bottom, near surface and drifting sea mines. It 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 to the deployment platform.
The system will be initially deployed from the MCM Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MCMUSV) hosted aboard the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), and will provide organic airborne mine neutralization capability as part of LCS Mine Countermeasure (MCM) Mission Package (MP).
This system will be used to neutralize mines that have been previously located by other mine countermeasure assets. The system will be, in future, deployed from MH-60S multi mission helicopters or any craft of opportunity, using existing common communications, command & control and launching equipment.
“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 around $363 million.
Work will be performed in Portsmouth, Rhode Island (96 percent); and DeLeon Springs, Florida (4 percent), and 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 (FBO) website, with one offer received. The U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) located in Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.