The U.S. Navy has awarded Virginia-based Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) a $120 million contract to provide mission engineering and integration support to produce, test and deliver MK48 heavyweight torpedo fuel tanks. SAIC says the work will be performed in Indianapolis and Bedford, as well as Middletown, Rhode Island.

The contract began in October and has an 18-month base period of performance with four option years.

“SAIC is proud to expand our work on the MK48 heavyweight torpedo system for the U.S. Navy,” said Bob Genter, SAIC president, defense & civilian sector. “We are confident that our proven performance on the MK48 afterbody/tailcone program will be mirrored in the fuel tank program.”

In support of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, Washington, SAIC says it will provide all “necessary facilities, resources, and management necessary to meet the production, test, and delivery requirements of both MK48 heavyweight all-up-round exercise and war shot fuel tank configurations for Navy and foreign military sales customers.”

SAIC says NUWC Keyport provides technical leadership, engineering expertise, and unique facility complexes that help ensure superior undersea warfare for the U.S.

“We pride ourselves on providing reliable, innovative solutions to support NUWC Keyport, and we look forward to expanding our work on the MK48 heavyweight torpedo over the next five years,” added Josh Jackson, SAIC senior vice president for the naval business unit, defense & civilian sector. “Our team is excited to get to work in providing the reliable exercise and war-shot torpedoes the Navy requires.”

Currently, SAIC manufactures the MK48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedo afterbody/tailcone sections and does the testing and data collection for MK48 heavyweight Torpedoes, and MK54 lightweight torpedoes for the Naval Sea Systems Command in support of NUWC Division Newport.

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