Teledyne Webb Research Reaches Third Milestone of U.S. Navy LBS-Glider Program

August 26, 2013 - via Teledyne Webb Research


EAST FALMOUTH, MA. – August 26, 2013 - Teledyne Webb Research (TWR) announced today that it has reached the third production milestone in the Littoral Battlespace Sensing – Glider (LBS-G) program with the U.S. Navy. Along with Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, TWR has completed the delivery of all gliders specified in the first two Full Rate Production (FRP) contract options to the Navy’s Program Executive Office for C4I.

Teledyne Webb Research has delivered 84 gliders under this program. This FRP Phase Three calls for thirty two (32) additional gliders (six 200 metergliders and twenty six 1000m gliders). Production will begin in September of this year and continue through May 2014. “We are extremely proud that the Slocum glider is now operational with the U.S. Navy as part of this important program. The Slocum glider is a workhorse in many programs. We continue to deliver gliders for the both the coastal and open ocean arrays for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) of the National Science Foundation, which further demonstrates the reputation of the gliders as versatile, reliable, and efficient“, said Thomas W. Altshuler, Ph.D., V.P. and Group General Manager of Teledyne Marine Systems.


The Navy is using both deep and shallow water gliders in the LBS-G program to acquire critical oceanographic data that will improve positioning of fleets during naval maneuvers. The gliders are low cost, use minimal power, and can remain at sea for long periods of time. Gliders were first conceived by Douglas Webb, the founder of Webb Research and a former researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The Slocum G2 Glider is a torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater winged vehicle that measures two meters in length and uses changes in buoyancy along with its wings and tail-fin steering to move through the water.


About Teledyne Webb Research
Teledyne Webb Research designs and manufactures scientific instruments for oceanographic research and monitoring. Teledyne Webb Research specializes in three areas of ocean instrumentation: Neutrally buoyant, autonomous drifters and profilers, autonomous underwater gliding vehicles, and moored underwater sound sources. Teledyne Webb Research, and its sister companies, Teledyne Benthos and Teledyne Gavia are part of Teledyne Marine Systems. The three companies are leading providers of advanced undersea system for Ocean Research, Offshore Energy, and Military markets. More information about gliders and other Teledyne Webb Research products can be found at www.webbresearch.com More information about Teledyne Marine Systems can be found at www.teledynemarinesystems.com


About Teledyne Technologies
Teledyne Technologies is a leading provider of sophisticated instrumentation, digital imaging products and software,
aerospace and defense electronics, and engineered systems. Teledyne Technologies' operations are primarily located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico. For more information, visit Teledyne Technologies' website at www.teledyne.com

 

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