UTC Aerospace Systems begins work on acoustic arrays for Navy submarines

CHARLOTTE, N.C. UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has announced the start of manufacturing on the first Large Vertical Array (LVA) acoustic structures for Virginia-class submarines.

The start of work -- to be performed at UTC's Aerostructures Engineered Polymer Products (EPP) division in Jacksonville, Florida -- follows several years of collaboration between EPP, the U.S. Navy, and prime contractor General Dynamics Electric Boat on a design and development program.

The submarines' LVA is a hull-mounted acoustic array which, working together with other onboard systems and sonar-processing capabilities, allows a submarine to  virtually "see" other submarines and surface ships in its vicinity. The LVA then develops a detailed tactical picture that allows the submarine to perform its full array of missions based on the information.