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BAE Systems receives Archerfish contract

18th April 2016 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems has received a $22.1 million contract from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to produce and deliver Archerfish mine neutralisers, the company announced on 14 April. 

Archerfish is a remotely-controlled unmanned underwater vehicle fitted with an explosive warhead to destroy sea mines. The mine neutralisers will support the US Navy's minesweeping operations.

The contract includes the supply of fibre-optic spools which provide a communications link between the MH-60S helicopter launch platform and the Archerfish. The MH-60S operates from the navy's Littoral Combat Ship vessels.

Deliveries of the neutralisers to the navy will commence in September 2017. The contract includes options which, if exercised, could increase the total contract value to more than $56.2 million.

Les Gregory, director of product and training services, BAE Systems, said: ‘We are delighted to provide the DoD with Archerfish neutralisers, and to continue supporting the navy’s work in clearing sea mines.

'This important contract demonstrates BAE Systems’ ability to deliver equipment that provides greater security and resilience to modern threats around the world, and we look forward to meeting the navy’s demand for a first-class underwater defence capability for many years to come.’

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