July 18 (UPI) — BAE Systems’ researchers will design sonar capabilities for U.S. Navy submarines to maximize the vessels’ detection range and improve their target identification.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Agency commissioned the work under a Phase 1 award worth $4.6 million to enable submarines to detect other submerged vessels at greater distances, while simultaneously minimizing the risk of counter-detection.
“Advances in maritime technology are critical to the Department of Defense and an area where the U.S. military can continue to strengthen its advantage,” Geoff Edelson, director of Maritime Systems and Technology at BAE Systems, said in a company news release. “With the resurgence of near-peer competitors and an increasing number of submarines, MOCCA (Mobile Offboard Clandestine Communications and Approach) technology will provide Navy submariners with a vital asymmetrical advantage against a rapidly proliferating undersea threat.”
BAE Systems will design enhanced sonar capabilities as part of that Phase 1 program.
The company did not release additional details of its contract.