Serco Inc. has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) to deliver system engineering technical services for the Submarine High Data Rate (SubHDR) program.
The Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract vehicle has an estimated ceiling value of $49 million over five years.
Serco will continue to perform repair and overhauls to the SubHDR Antenna Pedestal Group (APG) as well as perform evaluation and repair to related sub-components. The company’s work on this contract supports a mission-critical system that provides the U.S. submarine fleet the ability to send and receive information such as secure wide-band communications, voice and data traffic, imagery and video teleconferencing.
“This was a key recompete win for our business and we are proud to have the opportunity to continue delivering systems engineering services to the Navy through this contract vehicle,” said Dave Dacquino, Chairman and CEO at Serco Inc. “With many of the SATCOM and radar systems both on ships and shore requiring maintenance and repairs, our teams are hard at work delivering sustainment and obsolescence engineering services that enable customers to extend the lives of existing systems.”
The majority of work will be performed out of Serco’s facility in Ludlow, Massachusetts.
The SubHDR multi-band satellite communication (SATCOM) system will provide submarines with high capacity communications in the extremely high frequency (EHF) and super high frequency (SHF) bands.
The SubHDR system consists of a unique mast antenna that can be raise just above the ocean’s surface while the ship is submerged at periscope depth.
The system connects to the Global Broadcast Service (GBS), the Milstar satellite constellation, and the Defense Satellite Communication System (DSCS) to send and receive mission-critical information such as secure wideband multi-media, voice and data traffic, imagery and video teleconferencing. Sub HDR enables underwater forces to be full participants in a coordinated fleet battle group and FORCEnet operations.
The U.S. Navy Virginia Class fast attack submarines have two Sub HDR masts each.