1/19/2004 - AP Labs announced that it has received an award to produce ruggedized VME based systems for the US Navy Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) Service Life Extension Program (SLEP).
The contract awarded covers three years of production for the Control and Alarm Monitoring System (CAMS), which is part of the upgraded C4N suite onboard the craft. The total contract amount (including options) is $2.7M over the next three years.
AP Labs has been involved in the US Navy LCAC SLEP since 1997. The addition of the 15 craft covered under this contract will bring the total craft in the SLEP configuration to 19. The balance of the 74 operational LCACs in the fleet are scheduled to undergo the SLEP upgrade over the next ten years.
The CAMS system is based on the AP Labs FS-1270 rugged enclosure with a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) VME board set. The CAMS performs information display, alarm monitoring and control functions for the craft machinery, propulsion and maneuvering control systems.
The LCAC is a high-speed full amphibious landing craft capable of carrying a 60-ton payload. LCAC is capable of traveling over land and water exposing 70 percent of the world’s beaches to amphibious assault compared to 17 percent with conventional landing craft. LCACs operate from well deck equipped amphibious ships.
Responsibility for the LCAC program resides in the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Panama City, FL.
About AP Labs, Inc.
AP Labs is a premier supplier of COTS solutions and custom turnkey products, specializing in the design, development and manufacturing of rugged enclosures, real-time and integrated systems for high-end defense, aerospace and commercial markets. AP Labs provides a single point of contact for design, test and support of complex systems, whether it is complete systems containing scores of racks or a single enclosure.
Founded in 1985, AP Labs has developed a reputation for successfully providing customers with products and capabilities designed to reduce project schedule, risk and cost. AP Labs systems and enclosures can be seen hard at work on submarines, surface ships, aircraft, ground vehicles and in labs. Headquartered in San Diego, California, the company has field offices across North America, and can be found on the web at www.aplabs.com.
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