(New Britain Herald, 4/24/17)
UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has begun manufacturing the first Large Vertical Array for Virginia Class submarines at its Aerostructures Engineered Polymer Products division in Jacksonville, Florida.
The start of production follows several years of collaboration between EPP, the U.S. Navy and prime contractor General Dynamics Electric Boat on a design and development program.
EPP’s LVA is a hull-mounted acoustic array which, along with other onboard systems and sonar processing capabilities, allows a submarine to “see” other submarines and surface ships in its vicinity. The LVA develops a detailed tactical picture that allows the submarine to perform its full array of missions.