SAIC (NYSE: SAI) has won a contract for the production and delivery of three SAIC Tsunami Buoy (STB) systems and long-term maintenance services to the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences in Hyderabad, India.
The STB systems will be deployed at locations in the Bay of Bengal and off the northwest coast of India near the Makran subduction zone. These systems represent a part of a larger network of tsunami buoy systems that will provide the entire region with critical data to assess the magnitude of tsunamis generated in the Indian Ocean. The eastern Bay of Bengal, one of the most seismically active regions in the world, is near the origin of the Boxing Day mega-tsunami that claimed over 220, 000 lives in 2004.
“The deployment of these STBs will provide the Indian regional tsunami forecast center with a foundation of reliable and technologically sound deep-water tsunami assessment systems, ” said Tom Baybrook, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager. “SAIC looks forward to a long term relationship with INCOIS supporting their extensive tsunami assessment network.”