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Ball Aerospace to Install Self-Defense Sensor System on U.S. Navy Ships; Rob Freedman Comments

ball-areospaceBall Aerospace & Technologies has won a $23.9 million contract from the NATO Seasparrow Project Office, with $10 million in options,  for the transition and production of the Stalker long-range electro-optical infrared laser sensor system.

The company said Wednesday the contract covers up to fabrication, test and installation and includes options for spare components, sustaining engineering and field support.

According to Rob Freedman, Ball’s vice president and general manager for tactical solutions, the Stalker system is expected to support the NATO Seasparrow missile system and boost U.S. Navy ships’ self-defense capabilities.

The said capabilities include determining and characterizing potential intent of surface contacts such as small boats.

“Navy Syscom, Fleet headquarters and Ball Aerospace cooperative efforts have filled an urgent need for long range electro-optics on large deck ships, ” said Blair Thurmond, Stalker lead engineer in the NATO Seasparrow Project Office.

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