The Navy has contracted with Teledyne Brown Engineering, in Huntsville, for additional mini-subs designed to deliver Navy SEALs teams to landings for special operations missions.
The award is a sole-source contract valued at $178 million from the Naval Sea Systems Command for the follow-on production of MK11 Shallow Water Combat Submersible Systems (SWCS), a replacement model for an earlier version of a SEALs mini-sub.
Teledyne Brown was awarded the initial contract for design and development of the vessel, and this contract is a follow-on.
The SWCS System is a manned combat submersible vehicle specifically designed to insert and extract Special Operations Forces in high threat areas. Under the initial contract, Teledyne Brown designed, manufactured, tested and delivered the initial Engineering Development Model (EDM) SWCS System. The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) exercised options for Teledyne Brown to produce and deliver additional MK11 SWCS Production Systems.
“Teledyne Brown Engineering is proud to be supplying advanced technologies and systems enabling our Special Operations Forces to perform their missions successfully,” said Jim Hess, the company’s president. “The Shallow Water Combat Submersible is a complex system that will assist in the safe delivery and return of those who are protecting our nation.”
Under the Naval Sea Systems Command contract, Teledyne Brown will continue production and delivery of MK11 SWCS Systems, including spare parts production and the provision of engineering and technical support services through fiscal year 2024, if all options are exercised.