Northrop to install advanced networks on Navy ships

Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems has won a contract from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command potentially worth $637.8 million to furnish Navy ships with a common computing environment, Defense Department officials said in a Feb. 1 announcement.

The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services contract calls for Northrop Grumman to proceed with installation of the next-generation computer terminals and associated hardware and software on vessels such as aircraft carriers, guided missile destroyers and multipurpose amphibious assault ships.

The award follows a competition between Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin in which the Navy chose to proceed with Northrop's design after both teams produced prototypes. The work is expected to be completed by September 2012, but options are available to extend the work for another year.

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