BAE Systems to work on MOCCA programme
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a $4.6 million contract to develop technology to help submarines better detect other submerged vessels at greater distances, while minimising the risk of counter-detection, the company announced on 18 July.
Under the programme, known as the Mobile Offboard Clandestine Communications and Approach (MOCCA) programme, BAE Systems will carry out Phase 1 work to design efficient sonar capabilities to maximise detection ranges and improve target identification and tracking.
Geoff Edelson, director of maritime systems and technology at BAE Systems, said: ‘Advances in maritime technology are critical to the Department of Defense and an area where the US military can continue to strengthen its advantage.
‘With the resurgence of near-peer competitors and an increasing number of submarines, MOCCA technology will provide navy submariners with a vital asymmetrical advantage against a rapidly proliferating undersea threat.’
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