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Pentagon Awards Contract to Support Navy Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures

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The Pentagon has awarded a contract for engineering, manufacturing and delivery of Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis (COBRA) to support the Littoral Combat Ship mine countermeasures mission.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Arete Associates has been awarded $8 million contract, the US Department of Defense announced in a release.

"Arete Associates, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded $8,522,000 for engineering, manufacturing, production and delivery of Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis," the release stated on Friday.

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The Defense Department explained COBRA’s primary mission is to conduct "unmanned aerial tactical reconnaissance in littoral battlespace for detection and localization of mine fields and obstacles in the surf and beach zones prior to an amphibious assault."

The Navy's Littoral Combat Ships are relatively small, fast and agile surface combatants designed to neutralize small boats, quiet diesel electric submarines and mine threats found in the littorals.

Work under the contract will be performed in the US state of Arizona and is expected to be completed in August 2019, according to the release.

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