DoD taps Hauppauge maritime-combat specialist

Nothing soft about them: But Littoral Combat Ships do require software, so the Department of Defense has tapped Hauppauge-based Advanced Acoustic Concepts, an expert in undersea warfare.

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a lucrative software-engineering contract to an innovative Long Island company focused on maritime combat.

Hauppauge-based Advanced Acoustic Concepts, a self-described “leading provider of undersea warfare solutions,” will provide software for mission modules on the U.S. Navys Littoral Combat Ships – fast, powerful boats built specifically to fight in shallow waters, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command contract award, announced June 18, is valued at approximately $12.1 million and is a modification to a previous Pentagon award, the Defense Department said this week.

According to the terms of the deal, Advanced Acoustic Concepts will provide software-engineering services in support of the Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules program, which allows commanders to rapidly interchange mission packages – a critical advantage when facing off with submarines, sea mines and other naval threats.

Work on the contract, which is slated to be completed within one year, will occur at Advanced Acoustic Concepts facilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania, as well as the company’s Long Island headquarters, according to the DoD.

The Advanced Acoustic Concepts deal is not Long Island’s first encounter with Littoral Combat Ships, which are relatively small and designed specifically to operate in the “littoral zone,” the part of a body of water closest to shore.

In 2017, Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Bethpage-based Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. a $68.8 million contract to produce gun-mission modules for the quick and tough combat vessels.