Navy picks three for shipboard local area network support

Tasks will address need to maintain C4I networks

Editor's Note: The story was updated at 10:30 pm., May 25, based on additional information provided by sources.

Three contractors will vie for up to $502 million in shipboard network infrastructure and related engineering work over the next eight years that will support network infrastructure for Navy ships.

General Dynamics Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., and Science Applications Corp. each won a base contract with a ceiling of $408 million to support the Common Afloat Local Area Network Infrastructure (CALI) program, Navy officials announced May 24. If options are exercised, the ceiling will increase to $502 million.

The contracts will let the Navy obtain shipboard network infrastructure services and related support services in the areas of production, engineering and common computing environments. The engineering support services will include logistics integration, configuration management, test and evaluation, quality assurance and installation maintenance.

CALI will update legacy computer networks until 2017 when the next-generation Navy Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise Services  program becomes operational throughout the U.S. fleet. Specific requirements will be set forth in individual task orders, the announcement said.

The contractors will perform the work in Eagan, Minn.; San Diego and Fairfax, Va., the announcement said. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego is the contracting activity.

The base contracts expire May 31, 2014, but option periods extend the agreements through May 31, 2018. 

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