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BAE Systems Archerfish Destructor Award by US DoD

Archerfish undersea mine neutraliser [©BAE Systems]
BAE Systems Surface Ships Ltd has been awarded a $19.9 million contract by the US DoD for Archerfish Destructor full rate production.

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US DoD Contract Notice for 21 August 2020: BAE Systems Surface Ships Limited, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, is awarded a $19,914,240 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-only contract for Archerfish Destructor full rate production, maintenance and associated technical services.

The work to be performed under this contract will include maintenance, spare and repair parts and evolution of the Archerfish Destructors. BAE Systems will manage the destructor configuration as well as integrate new or upgraded capability and assess the destructor configuration for application to in-service upgrade efforts. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative maximum value of this contract to $189,268,826.

Work will be performed in Portsmouth, United Kingdom (86%); Marseilles, France (8%); and Rocket Center, West Virginia (6%), and is expected to be complete by January 2023. Fiscal 2019 weapons procurement (Navy) (62%); 2020 weapons procurement (Navy) (28%); 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy) (9%); and 2018 weapons procurement (Navy) (1%) funding in the amount of $19,914,240 will be obligated at the time of award, of which $1,793,874 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), this contract was awarded on a sole-source basis (only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-20-C-6407).

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Background: Archerfish is a remotely-controlled underwater vehicle equipped with an explosive warhead to destroy sea mines. Capable of overcoming the threat of modern mines, Archerfish has formed a key part of the US Navy’s Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) programme since 2007

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