Monday, March 8, 2010

SPAWAR Selects Lockheed Martin for Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services Development Phase

SPAWAR Selects Lockheed Martin for Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services Development Phase
March 8, 2010 9:09:00 AM

SAN DIEGO, -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been selected for one of two initial System Development and Demonstration contracts for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program by the U.S. Navy.

The 14-month contract for the common computing environment portion of the program is worth $15 million. Selection of a single prime contractor to complete Limited Rate Initial Production (LRIP) is anticipated in 2011.

"The Lockheed Martin team is ready to deliver an agile and affordable solution within the U.S. Navy's critical program schedule," said Karen Conti, Lockheed Martin vice president for the CANES program. "We have invested research dollars to complete the modeling of all ship platform sets and these validated designs will help us to reduce costs and remain on schedule during the design phase. CANES will increase the C4I network operational availability and improve mission effectiveness for the fleet."

The CANES program consolidates dozens of the Navy's afloat information systems networks, reducing the infrastructure size and associated costs, while increasing reliability and other capabilities to meet current and projected warfighter requirements. The CANES solution would be deployed across the Navy's 300-plus ships and shore-based sites.

The Lockheed Martin-industry led team includes General Dynamics, ViaSat, Inc., Harris Corporation and American Systems Corporation, as well as a number of small, innovative technology businesses. The team will use Lockheed Martin's Technology Collaboration Center - West (TCC-W), located on the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) campus in Old Town, San Diego, for integration and testing of the CANES systems. TCC-W fosters small business technology development, collaboration and interface with Navy systems, in a secure, unstructured test environment, that promotes Rapid Capability Insertion for warfighters. The selection was done by the Navy's Program Executive Office for Command and Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I).

For the past sixty years, Lockheed Martin has partnered with the Navy, deploying computing and network infrastructures on every Navy ship. Lockheed Martin is leveraging the knowledge and experience gained from the Integrated Shipboard Network System (ISNS) and Q-70 programs, which have delivered more than 7,000 computing platforms across the fleet. The ISNS Increment I is considered the CANES early adopter program.

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