Modernization and digital transformation solutions provider VTG has been selected by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division — a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command — to equip more ships with an innovative laser designed to counter threats from unmanned aerial systems.
Under the prime, single-award contract, VTG will install and integrate the AN/SEQ-4 Optical Dazzler Interdictor, Navy aboard five Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Referred to as ODIN, the laser is a directed energy weapon.
“Our team is honored to support NSWC-PHD in integrating this innovative defensive technology into the Fleet. The ODIN laser represents a significant advancement for the Navy in addressing asymmetric threats and protecting our sailors,” said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO.
In 2020, VTG successfully integrated the ODIN laser aboard the USS Stockdale and USS Spruance through a separate sole-source contract. And over the past decade, VTG has modernized 240 different surface ships, aircraft carriers and submarines.
“Delivering next-generation capabilities to our warfighters is something we’re passionate about. VTG’s depth of expertise with ODIN, together with our skilled fleet modernization team, cutting-edge manufacturing and prototyping capabilities, and long-term legacy of support to the Navy, makes us uniquely qualified to perform this mission critical work,” Hassoun added.