Science Applications International Corp., Reston, Virginia, is awarded a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost only $84,823,556 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-16-C-6425 to Option Year Four of the MK 48 Mod 7 Heavyweight torpedo production program to supply All Up Round torpedo equipment and support. This modification combines purchases for the Navy (93 %); and the governments of Australia (6%) and Taiwan (1%), under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in Bedford, Indiana (50%); Marion, Massachusetts (29%); Middletown, Rhode Island (16%); and Indianapolis, Indiana (5%), and is expected to be completed by April 2023. Fiscal 2020 weapons procurement (Navy, 82%); fiscal 2019 weapons procurement (WPN); fiscal 2018 weapons procurement (Navy); and FMS in the amount of $84,823,556, will be obligated at time of award and funding in the amount of $3,493,621 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year (FMS/Armaments Cooperative Program (7%); and fiscal 2018 WPN (4%)). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C. is the contracting activity (N00024-16-C-6425).
The MK48 torpedo is the U.S Navy’s sole submarine-launched anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare weapon. All classes of Navy submarines use it for achieving sea control and neutralizing or destroying threats to high-value vessels. Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) build and integrate afterbody/tailcone sections of the MK48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedo for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). Often considered the torpedo’s engine room, the afterbody/tailcone controls the torpedo’s propulsion, starts it, generates and applies the power necessary to drive it from the time it is launched until it reaches its target, and ensures it maintains its course to the mark. The afterbody/tailcone comprises 26 major sub-assemblies requiring the integration of greater than 500 piece parts. Its sections include the: Afterbody shell, Steering assembly, Tailcone assembly, Engine assembly, Coolant system, Fuel delivery system, Hydraulic system, Alternator/regulator, Lube oil pump and Type 2 cables.
SAICâ€˜s team of subject matter experts work primarily in Bedford, Indiana, near Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, where the majority of the MK48 integration work takes place. The contract’s program and engineering management team is based in Middletown, Rhode Island, near Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport Division. The design, development, and delivery of an automated electrical power system test set that is used to test the torpedo’s alternator/regulator assembly are completed in Indianapolis. For more than a decade, SAIC has provided engineering, technical, and management services in support of NUWC’s Propulsion Test Facility. Our employees perform facility operations, maintenance, upgrades, and testing in support of the Navy’s only land-based torpedo testing facility. In this capacity, SAIC engineers and technicians routinely integrate MK48 afterbody/tailcones in preparation for tests. The Propulsion Test Facility can test torpedoes across their full speed and depth envelopes. Our employees run these tests to capture very unique performance data for NAVSEA.