BAE Systems has received a $37 million contract to design, install and test onboard radio communications and network capability for the U.S. Navy’s new DDG 113 and DDG 114 destroyers. The company will provide a range of services including systems engineering, production integration, logistics, crew training and configuration management. The installed technology will include multi-spectrum radio sets, antenna systems and baseband switching, as well as data-link modems and message distribution services.
The contract expands upon BAE Systems’ role as an industry leader in systems development and integration for the Navy, having performed the work for more than 30 years. The company has so far provided the onboard communications for 62 destroyers and 27 cruisers equipped with the Aegis combat system.
“This award continues our strong legacy of support to the Navy’s DDG program,” said Mark Keeler, vice president and general manager for Land and Electronic Systems at BAE Systems Support Solutions. “Our employees have a long and proud history of providing critical communications systems.”
The contract was awarded by the Naval Air Warfare Center — Aircraft Division at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Southern Maryland. It includes a one-year base, plus four option years. If all of the options are exercised, the total value could reach approximately $37 million.
The work will be conducted primarily at Navy facilities in St. Inigoes, Md. and at nearby BAE Systems offices. The systems will be installed at other shipbuilder sites including Pascagoula, Miss. and Bath, Maine.
BAE Systems Support Solutions, based in Rockville, Md., provides a range of services to meet needs in readiness and sustainment and operational support across the land, aviation, maritime and C4ISR domains, supporting the U.S. Department of Defense and federal agencies. Support Solutions is also a leading non-nuclear ship repair, modernization and conversion company, serving the U.S. Navy and other maritime customers. Earlier this year, the company successfully executed in San Diego, Calif. the first Aegis Destroyer modernization on the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), followed by the first East Coast DDG modernization on the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in Norfolk, Va. BAE Systems has also modernized the USS Benfold (DDG 65) in San Diego and is in the process of simultaneously modernizing the USS Stout (DDG 55) and the USS Barry (DDG 52) in Norfolk.
Source: BAE Systems