The U.S. Navy has awarded Astronics ATS a firm-fixed price $36.4 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to manufacture, test and deliver the Radio Frequency Distribution and Control System (RFDACS) and associated spare parts for its fleet of submarines. RFDACS is a major subsystem within the common submarine radio room that provides a means of routing signals and information between the various antenna systems and other submarine communication subsystems.
Peter J. Gundermann, "The RFDACS is deployed on all active Virginia Class and Los Angeles Class submarines and designated for all future Virginia Class submarines. This follow-on production award is a testament to the quality and reliability of the complex RF Subsystem we delivered to the U.S. Navy. We are pleased to have been selected again to support the men and women of our Naval Forces in meeting their mission."
ATS has been providing RFDACS and associated spare parts to the U.S. Navy for over ten years and this award will extend the manufacture of production systems and spares for an additional 5 years. Currently, Astronics has approximately $4 million in backlog from its previous contract, which it expects to ship in 2015.