Charlotte April 6, 2015 - UTC Aerospace Systems has reached an agreement with the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center to provide high frequency acoustic windows for submarines. The five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract covers deliveries through 2020 to the U.S. Navy. Work will be performed by the Engineered Polymer Products (EPP) team in Jacksonville, Florida, which is part of UTC Aerospace Systems' Aerostructures business. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp.
An acoustic window is an acoustically transparent housing that surrounds the sonar transducer array used for detection, navigation and ranging. The window permits acoustic energy to pass through with minimal sound transmission interference. The contract covers acoustic windows for four classes of U.S. Navy submarines.
EPP has delivered 67 acoustic windows for all classes of U.S. Navy submarines since 2003. Additionally, EPP has supplied similar acoustic windows to several allied Navies to support their submarine fleets. Extensive experience in designing with the patented RHO-COR ® system allows for optimization of both structural and acoustic performance, giving EPP the ability to tailor each window to meet specific customer needs.
"The focus on continuous improvement by our engineers and manufacturing personnel has driven cost reduction and improved quality on our acoustic windows, enabling us to become the supplier of choice for the U.S. Navy," said Aerostructures President Marc Duvall. "With more than 10 years of proven reliability and performance at sea in the fleet, we continue to deliver outstanding products that meet our customers' requirements."
UTC Aerospace Systems' EPP team will display at the Sea Air Space tradeshow (booth #2517) April 13 through 15 at the Gaylord Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland.