SYKESVILLE -- The Navy has awarded Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group two contracts totaling $155 million to continue work on anti-submarine warfare combat systems for the U.S. destroyer fleet.
About 100 of the Sykesville plant's 250 employees are working on the contracts, said Westinghouse spokesman Jack Martin. When work reaches peak production, about 200 employees will be working on the projects.
The Navy announced Friday it had awarded the contract to Westinghouse, and work began immediately, Mr. Martin said.
Westinghouse will build 10 AN/SQQ-89 systems and do engineering design work for improvements to the systems.
The systems will be used on four classes of ships, according to information supplied by the Navy.
The systems contain sensors that transmit, receive and process acoustic data for display to multiple sonar operators.
Westinghouse's contracts contain options for the Navy to extend work through the end of the decade, the company said in a press release.
Westinghouse competed against General Electric for the contracts, the Navy said.
The Sykesville plant has been building AN/SQQ-89 systems for several years.
In June 1990, the company received a Navy contract worth $177.9 million to build seven anti-submarine warfare combat systems.
The Navy said the systems from the contract awarded last week will be used on:
* The Arleigh Burke, or DDG-51, class of guided missile destroyers.
* The Spruance, or DD-963, class of destroyers.
* The Ticonderoga, or CG-47, class of cruisers.
* The Oliver Hazard Perry, or FFG-7, class of frigates.
The contract to build the systems is worth $143 million. Work on it is scheduled to be finished by December 1995, the Navy said.
Another contract, worth $12 million, covers engineering design work to improve the anti-submarine warfare system.
That work is scheduled to be finished by September 1994.
Westinghouse, which does mostly defense-related work in Maryland, has about 13,000 employees statewide, Mr. Martin said.