The Avionics Department (AIR-4.5) of Naval Air Systems Command has awarded defense contractor SAIC a $50 million contract to provide technical and scientific research, development, integration, analysis, test and evaluation for its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) sensor systems. Work on the five-year contract will be performed largely in Patuxent River.

As a press release notes, AIR-4.5 develops sensors and systems which are used in a variety of aviation missions. A majority of the sensors will be deployed via manned or unmanned aircraft. However, ground, surface and undersea sensor options will also be explored.

SAIC will provide planning, coordination, technology development, systems definition, systems acquisition, systems integration, modification, and product support for both manned and unmanned avionics and sensors as part of the Acoustic Systems Division and the Electro-Optics and Special Mission Systems Division.

“This award expands upon our relationship with the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River. The scope of this contract encompasses many areas of expertise within SAIC,” said Tom Watson, SAIC senior vice president and general manager of the Navy and Marine Corps Customer Group. “We look forward to providing these additional capabilities to our customer.”

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