US: Leidos has won a prime contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to provide research and development along with production of an initial fixed number of new deep ocean sensors. This award, with a two-year period of performance valued at approximately USD 14 million, is the fourth phase of a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. DARPA awarded the contract under its Distributed Agile Submarine Hunter (DASH) programme to Leidos's Maritime Operations Division for the agency's Transformational Reliable Acoustic Path System (TRAPS).
DARPA is a Department of Defense agency whose mission is to create breakthrough technologies for national security. Leidos will implement procedures for the manufacturing of TRAPS nodes so that the Navy can utilise these systems without modification after Phase 4 to support a broad range of acoustic surveillance missions. According to a company spokesperson, TRAPS offers major benefits to the Navy's Distributed Network System (DNS) forward deployed acoustic surveillance mission. TRAPS gives operational mobility through rapid deployment of a battery-operated system, which has been demonstrated through multiple sea tests in operationally-relevant areas. "Leidos is proud to support the Navy's mission of acoustic surveillance. TRAPS integrates unique Leidos insights into deep ocean sound propagation, innovative new sensor technologies and advanced signal processing approaches to provide the Navy with a flexible, cost-effective and high-performance system," said John Fratamico, Leidos Group President.