Goodrich will supply a cylindrical array sonar support structure and four shipsets of passive ranging sonar and flank array sonar fairings for the Spanish Navy's new S-80 diesel submarines, which are being built by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia. The support structure and composite fairings house and protect the submarine's acoustic sensors, which are used for undersea detection, location and identification. The acoustic sensors are part of the S-80's Integrated Combat System provided by Lockheed Martin. The hydrodynamic shape of Goodrich's lightweight, non-metallic fairings allows for smooth laminar flow of water over their surface, thereby reducing noise and drag on the submarine.
"This award presents an important progression in advancing our manufacturing capabilities in the international submarine sector," said Jim Pollock, vice president of Goodrich's Engineered Polymer Products team. "While Lockheed Martin has worked with Goodrich businesses on previous contracts, this program represents an opportunity for us to collaborate with them on an international military program of this magnitude. We look forward to building upon Goodrich's proven reputation as a defense solutions provider and expanding our relationship with Lockheed Martin and its involvement with international submarine programs."