Exelis to Build Navy Airborne Minesweeper; Dave Prater Comments

ExelisLogoITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has won a contract worth at least $10 million to develop an airborne minesweeper for the U.S. Navy to use for its anti-access, anti-denial strategy.

The company will build an MK 105 Mod 4 system for the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla. as the Navy aims for the system to help its airborne mine countermeasures strategies over the next decade, Exelis said Monday.

Exelis’ radar, reconnaissance and undersea systems business unit in Panama City will develop the system.

Dave Prater, vice president and general manager of Exelis’ radar, reconnaissance and undersea systems business, said the company builds mine countermeasure systems with the goal of helping military and commercial vessels move through waterways, ports and harbors.

The Navy has used the MK 105 system since 1972 to clear mines, including on the MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter to detonate underwater mines and aim to give vessels clear pathways.

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