KEYPORT, Wash. – U.S. Navy torpedo-defense experts needed an electro-acoustic towed torpedo-countermeasures system to defend surface warships against wake-homing, acoustic homing, and wire-guided enemy torpedoes. They found their solution from Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems Inc. in Braintree, Mass.
Officials of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division in Keyport, Wash., announced a $186.4 million contract for the AN/SLQ-25E electro-acoustic towed torpedo countermeasure system.
The AN/SLQ-25 -- commonly referred to as Nixie -- is a passive decoy system that provides deceptive countermeasures against acoustic-homing torpedoes; the system lures enemy torpedoes away from U.S. and allied surface ships.
The AN/SLQ-25A/C is a digitally controlled modular electro-acoustic soft-kill countermeasure decoy system that employs an underwater towed body acoustic projector deployed on a fiber optic tow cable from the sterns of surface warships.
The AN/SLQ-25 towed decoy emits simulated ship noise like the sounds of propellers and engines in attempts to defeat a torpedo's passive sonar. The idea is to spoof torpedoes into missing their targets and eventually sink or explode harmlessly away from the ship.
The AN/SLQ-25 is deployed on U.S. and allied surface warships, and consists of the TB-14A towed decoy device and a shipboard signal generator. The decoy emits signals to draw incoming torpedoes away from their intended targets.
The AN/SLQ-25A uses a fiber optic tow cable and winch, and includes extensive use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. The AN/SLQ-25C is an upgrade to the AN/SLQ-25A, and includes new countermeasure modes and a longer tow cable.
This contract has options that could increase its value to $268.5 million. Ultra Electronics will do the work in Braintree, Mass.; Manchester, N.H.; Lititz, Pa.; and Huntington Beach, Calif., and should be finished by December 2026.
For more information contact Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems online at www.ultra.group/our-business-units/maritime, or the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division-Keyport at www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/Warfare-Centers/NUWC-Keyport.