BMT Awarded Contract to Conduct U.S. Navy T‑AGOS(X) Industry Studies

 In Americas, Sea, USA, Forces & Capabilities

BMT has been award­ed a con­tract to con­duct indus­try stud­ies to advance the design of the next gen­er­a­tion of U.S. Navy Auxiliary General Ocean Surveillance Ship (T‑AGOS(X)).

The Industry Studies address tech­ni­cal solu­tions and design trade­offs, pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions to improve pro­ducibil­i­ty and afford­abil­i­ty, and include tech­ni­cal reviews of the Navy’s evolv­ing ship design. BMT is the Prime Contractor part­nered with Philly Shipyard.

The con­tract is a key step in the recap­i­tal­iza­tion of the Navy’s ocean sur­veil­lance capa­bil­i­ties as the exist­ing T‑AGOS ships reach the end of their ser­vice life. T‑AGOS capa­bil­i­ties empha­size gath­er­ing and pro­cess­ing of under­sea acoustic data, which is cru­cial to track­ing sub­marines. The unique SWATH (small water­plane area twin-hull) hull form offers high sta­bil­i­ty at slow speeds and in adverse weath­er con­di­tions.

BMT’s port­fo­lio includes mul­ti­ple SWATH and semi-SWATH hull forms, includ­ing the U.S. Navy’s SEA FIGHTER (FSF‑1), used as a test­bed for advanced ship design and inno­va­tion. BMT’s ModCat™ semi-SWATH hull form has also been employed in ocean-going fer­ries and more recent­ly in off­shore wind farm sup­port ves­sels (WFSVs).

“This vessel class and the oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ty it con­tains form an impor­tant ele­ment of our nation’s mar­itime strat­e­gy,” said Kai Skvarla, President of BMT’s U.S. defense busi­ness. “The project is an excit­ing engi­neer­ing and design oppor­tu­ni­ty that will be reward­ing for the BMT design team.”
Following the indus­try stud­ies effort, a sep­a­rate T‑AGOS(X) Lead ship Detail Design and Construction (DD&C) con­tract award is planned in FY22, with ship deliv­ery sched­uled for FY25.

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