July 26--L-3 Chesapeake Sciences Corp. in Millersville has won a $17.8 million contract to design, build and test a compact towed sonar array the Navy.
Chosen through the Small Business Innovation Research program, the company has been working on the project since 2005. Current towed sensors arrays, including models developed by Chesapeake Sciences, perform well, but aren't optimal for use from unmanned vehicles.
The company has said its design will reduce complexity of the system, lower power use and improve reliability. It is designed to be used on conventional submarines, surface
warships and unmanned submarines.
Half of the work on the project will be done at the company's Millersville location, with other work taking place in Rhode Island and New York.
Chesapeake Sciences was started in July 1991, focusing on electronic data systems for anti-submarine warfare and other uses. It was bought in January 2009
by L-3 Communications.
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