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Navy requests L3Harris to integrate electro-optical sensors for ship self-defense against cruise missiles

WASHINGTON- L3Harris Technologies shipboard electronics integrators will design and build a wide-field-of-view electro-optical system to help protect surface warships against advanced enemy anti-ship cruise missiles under contract half a billion dollar potential announced on Tuesday.

Naval Sea Systems Command officials in Washington announced a $205.9 million contract with the L3Harris C5 Integrated Systems Segment in Camden, NJ, to develop onboard electro-optical sensor technologies under the Shipboard Panoramic program. Electro-Optic/Infrared (SPEIR).

The contract has options that could increase its value to $593.1 million and extend the term of the contract to March 2031. The contract involves the integration of technologies in visible light cameras, infrared sensors and sensors laser such as laser range finders and light direction. and find systems (lidar).

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SPEIR seeks to establish an integrated narrow and wide field of view detection and tracking capability for anti-ship defense against cruise missiles, to counter fast attack craft and fast coastal attack craft, against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), improve mobility, and conduct counter-terrorism and force protection operations.

SPEIR is focused on accelerating the fielding of advanced electro-optical and infrared capabilities to provide passive surveillance, detection and weapons signals for the Navy’s surface warfare fleet. The system is initially intended for Arleigh-Burke-class destroyers, Ticonderoga-class cruisers and future Constellation-class frigates.

The ship’s self-defense program has a phased approach to increasing capability as electro-optical technologies continue to mature, Navy officials said. SPEIR seeks to capitalize on proven mature electro-optical technologies to help defend Navy surface warfare vessels against a wide variety of enemy threats.

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SPEIR will deliver systems to the fleet as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, and provide modularity where it makes sense for future capability upgrades, Navy officials said.

On this contract, L3Harris will perform the work in Mason, Ohio; Northampton, MA; Bothell, Washington; Hamilton, Ontario; Austin, TX; Tulsa, Okla.; Norfolk, Virginia; and other locations in the United States, and is expected to be completed by November 2025.

For more information, contact L3Harris online at www.l3harris.com, or Naval Sea Systems Command at www.navsea.navy.mil.