General Dynamics‘ mission systems business has won an $18.9 million contract to help the U.S. Navy design and develop an acoustic path exploitation system.
The Defense Department said Friday the contract covers hardware delivery, design and construction services for the Deep Reliable Acoustic Path Exploitation System dummy array.
The contractor will also help the service branch create 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.
The Office of Naval Research will obligate $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 Capabilities 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.