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Teledyne’s Underwater Glider Deal

A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. was awarded a $27.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the Littoral Battlespace Sensing – Glider program.The contract for Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. includes five one-year option periods that if fully exercised would bring the contract’s value to $39.2 million.

Teledyne Brown is owned by Teledyne Technologies, the Thousand Oaks aerospace, imaging and marine products manufacturer.

The division will deliver Teledyne Slocum gliders to the Navy. These are autonomous underwater vehicles that come with a range of oceanographic sensors to support antisubmarine warfare, mine countermeasures and Naval Special Warfare missions, Teledyne said in a release.

Teledyne Brown in Huntsville, Ala. and its sister company Teledyne Webb Research in North Falmouth, Mass. will perform the design, development, fabrication, production, testing and support of the gliders, the company said.

Janice Hess, president of Teledyne Brown Engineering, said in a statement the company was pleased to announce the continuation of its relationship with the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command on the glider project.

“We look forward to supporting the Navy and assisting with its awareness and understanding of the ocean’s conditions,” said Hess, who also serves as president of Teledyne’s Engineered System Segment.

Under a previous contract awarded in 2009, Teledyne delivered 203 gliders to the U.S. Navy, Teledyne said in its release.

Teledyne Slocum gliders provide the U.S. Navy the capability to conduct persistent sampling of large ocean areas for long periods of time.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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