The Airborne Laser Mine Detection System, operating from the MH-60S helicopter, uses a light-detecting and ranging blue-green laser to detect, localize and classify near-surface, moored and floating sea mines, Northrop said.
The initial contract awarded a total of $45.5 million for a low-rate initial production of three AN/AES-1 ALMDS pods. The contract calls for options totaling $79 million for an additional six LRIP pods, one full-rate production lot of six pods, two training systems and integrated logistics support for the system, Northrop said.
"Northrop Grumman has been aggressively pursuing emerging technologies to combat the growing threat from mines," said Robert Johnston, director of Northrop Grumman's Mine Countermeasures Program. "The transformational mine-detection technology used in ALMDS is critical for creating safer passage around the world for our servicemen and women."
Production of the ALMDS pods will take place at Northrop Grumman's Airborne Ground Surveillance and Battle Management Systems facility in Melbourne, Fla. Melbourne is the home of two additional Navy mine-countermeasures programs and a U.S. Army counter-mine/reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition program.
On Tuesday, Northrop fell 75 cents to $56.45.