Navy Purchases TAGOS-25 Class Ocean Surveillance Ships
The Navy awarded a contract to a consortium with a potential value of $3.195 billion for the design and construction of up to seven TAGOS-25 class ocean surveillance ships.
TAGOS ships will provide a platform for anti-submarine acoustic passive and active surveillance. They will support the mission of the integrated undersea surveillance system by gathering underwater acoustical data.
Austal USA has teamed with L3Harris Technologies, Noise Control Engineering, TAI Engineering, and Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors for the execution.
“The Austal USA team is excited to support the U.S. Navy with this critical program. We have enjoyed our long partnership with the Navy in delivering aluminum ships and we are honored to continue that relationship in delivering high-quality steel ships on schedule and on budget,” Austal USA President Rusty Murdaugh said.
“As the electronic and propulsion systems integrator, we’re excited to be a partner on the Austal USA team to develop the next class of TAGOS ocean surveillance ships,” said Anthony Nigara,
President, Maritime, L3Harris.
The award of the TAGOS program follows the recent award of other programs to Austal USA including the U.S. Navy towing and salvage ship and auxiliary floating drydock medium and the U.S. Coast Guard offshore patrol cutter.
In addition to the ships mentioned above, Austal is constructing the U.S. Navy’s Independence-variant littoral combat ship.