Pacific Engineering Inc. (PEI, Roca, Neb., USA) reported on July 23 that the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), PEO-Submarine, has awarded a multi-year production and technical services contract to PEI to manufacture and deliver Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo (CAT) Composite Canisters and Ready Stow Group (RSG) Launch Cradles, key elements of the Navy’s Surface Ship Torpedo Defense (SSTD) System.
The SSTD program provides a detect-to-engage hard-kill defense capability for the Navy’s high-value units, including aircraft carriers. The RSG Cradle and Composite Canisters were developed by PEI under a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract. Initial EDM prototypes were installed and tested on the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77).
Under this multi-year contract, PEI will manufacture and deliver up to 24 RSG Launch Cradles and 160 Composite Canisters. In addition to hardware, PEI will provide NAVSEA with certain technical services, including engineering research and design, documentation and data, test planning and support and logistics support. The development and testing requirements under this contract are in support of obtaining SSTD Initial Operating Capabilities in fiscal year 2019.
The potential value of this contract, assuming exercise of the various options, is $19.5 million. This production and engineering work will be performed at PEI’s facility in Roca. To support fabrication of the launch cradles and canisters, PEI will use a number of manufacturing businesses in and around Lincoln, Neb.