FPMI Debuts Launch and Recovery System (LARS) at Unmanned Warrior 2016

16 October 2016


Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland, UK, 16 October 2016 – Fairlead announced today that its Precision Manufacturing & Integration (FPMI) division debuted its LARS during Unmanned Warrior as part of a team led by Northrop Grumman to demonstrate its remote mine hunting capability. The LARS stows, launches, and retrieves Northrop Grumman’s AQS-24B mine hunting sonar installed in an Atlas Elektronik UK ARCIMS Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV).

Gary Dove, FPMI’s General Manager, witnessed the demonstration of Northrop Grumman’s mine hunting system from the remote operating center (ROC) in Scotland and stated “the mine hunting capabilities of this system are impressive particularly since the operations are completely remote controlled. The Fairlead LARS is a perfect example of our capabilities to fabricate and integrate complex electromechanical systems and we are very proud to be part of this team and our role in this mission critical program.”

About Unmanned Warrior
Unmanned Warrior 2016, conducted by the Royal Navy with industry partners, academia and allied nations, is the world’s largest demonstration of the latest unmanned system technologies, including air, surface and sub-surface vehicles and sensors to explore use of these unmanned and autonomous systems in delivering maritime capability. Held off the coast of west Scotland and west Wales, Unmanned Warrior brings together over 50 aerial, surface, and underwater autonomous vehicles, and over 30 ships and 70 aircraft from the Royal and allied Navies in a range of demonstrations on the themes of surveillance, intelligence-gathering, and mine countermeasures.

About Fairlead Integrated
Fairlead Integrated is a veteran-owned, small business supplier of integrated electrical and control systems, large-scale mechanical fabrications and structures, precision machined metal components and subsystems, and advanced mobile containerized products. Fairlead’s products are part of mission critical systems in the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz and Ford-class aircraft carriers, Virginia-class submarines, all classes of surface combatants and amphibious ships including Arleigh Burke Class DDGs, San Antonio Class LPDs and the Littoral Combat Ship, and many classes of support and auxiliary ships of the Military Sealift Command, the Maritime Administration, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Additionally Fairlead provides repair and maintenance services to small boats and craft through its Fairlead Boat Works facility in Newport News, VA. Fairlead Integrated is headquartered in Portsmouth, VA with facilities in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Newport News.

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