General Dynamics‘ mission systems business has won an $18.9 million contractÂ to help the U.S. Navy design and develop an acoustic path exploitation system.
The Defense Department said Friday the contract coversÂ hardware delivery, design and construction services for theÂ Deep Reliable Acoustic Path Exploitation SystemÂ dummy array.
The contractor will also help the service branch createÂ deployment procedures as well as carry out design modification, construction and demonstration of three DRAPES arrays, DoD added.
Work will occur in McLeansville, North Carolina through Oct. 27, 2020.
TheÂ Office of Naval Research will obligateÂ $40,000 at the time of the award from the Navy’s fiscal 2017 research, development test and evaluation funds.
ONR awarded the contract through a competitive procurement process under a long range broad agency announcement.
DRAPES is part of the Future Naval CapabilitiesÂ program for 2017 and is classified under the “sea shield” pillar that includes missile defense, anti-submarine warfare, mine warfare and fleet or force protection technologies.