Navy lauds defense barrier made by Newton company
The immediate impact of the contract would be to double the workforce at Halo from 13 to 26, with additional work for many of the component manufacturers in the area that serve as Halo subcontractors.
The company's flexible barrier can stop a 3-ton speedboat going 54 miles per hour in four-tenths of a second with the barrier remaining intact.
"The cost avoidance from using the Halo Barrier comes from reduced man-hours needed and lower maintenance costs," he said. "It can be operated by only one or two people, versus the current systems that require large teams, long hours and armed protection to open and close barriers for incoming vessels."
"I would think we will be in the best position," he said. "Someone could come out of the blue and have something better, but it's hard to foresee that, given all the work that's been put into this by Halo, the Office of Navy Research and all of the partners in the project."
"The world looks to the U.S. Navy for new technology," he said. "So for us, it really becomes a validation of our invention."
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