HALO Maritime Defense Systems (HALO) has won a $3.4 million two year contract from US Naval Sea Systems Command to provide a fully automated waterside security barrier at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.
The contract calls for replacing the legacy manual barrier at Naval Station Norfolk with the HALO Guardian Gate, a next generation and fully automatic gate, as well as providing maintenance and support services for the first year of operation.
The HALO Guardiangate is being installed to protect ships while in port and to provide a minimum of 300 feet of clearance for vessel passage in and out of port.
The HALO Waterside Security Barrier system uses a modular assembly design that is the only commercial off-the-shelf, scalable, and fully automatic waterside security barrier.
The Guardian gate is a double-wall barrier that can be connected to any existing infrastructure (such as breakwaters or piers) or other HALO security systems.
HALO is designed to stop a hostile attacking boat on impact by transferring the kinetic energy of the force into the water mass that is trapped between the barrier walls. The HALO system produces uniform strength and stopping power across the length of the entire barrier
Captain Brendan Gray, USN (Ret), President and COO of HALO, stated, "After 4 years of rigorous testing and evaluation by the US Navy, HALO won this competitive procurement as HALO barriers are the only barriers that are certified to meet or exceed the current US Navy Performance Specifications."