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Navy Awards Northrop First Shipboard Network Contract

.The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman (NOC) a contract to install their proposed solution to the Consolidated Afloat Networks Enterprise Services (CANES) requirement on a unit. Lockheed Martin (LMT) had submitted a proposal as well to meet this requirement. The goal of cANES is to be a standardized network on U.S. Navy ships and submarines replacing the current mix of systems.

The initial contract is worth about $36 million but will all options executed it could be worth over $600. The Navy is planning on outfitting 54 ships to begin but the CANES could support over 300 systems in the end.

The goal is to have the first installation complete by the end of FY12. This will follow completion of necessary testing and certification to support a Milestone C Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Decision. The first contract will cover 2 destroyers and an amphibious warfare ship.

The Navy plans ot have limited production in 2012-2013 with a larger contract competed again at the end of FY13 to support Full Rate Production. Then there will be a further contract for engineering support.

Northrop will use as a sub-contractor their former ship building division now separated as a new company, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) to do the actual installation and integration on ships.

The CANES contract has been in work for several months with development contracts awarded to Northrop and Lockheed in March of 2010. These led to delivering systems of which Northrop’s was chosen for the first production deliveries.

Photo from Official U.S. Navy Imagery’s flickr photostream

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