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SPAWAR selects 5 vendors for $2.5B CANES multiple award contract

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), on behalf of the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (PEO C4I) has selected five vendors to build and deliver the Navy's next generation tactical afloat network, Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES).

Each vendor will be awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ), firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The estimated cumulative value of the multiple award contract is $2,529,500,000.

The vendors selected to compete for future CANES delivery orders and their headquarters are:

* BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc., Rockville, Md.;

* General Dynamics C4 Systems, Taunton, Mass.;

* Global Technical Systems, Virginia Beach, Va.;

* Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Va.; and,

* Serco Inc., Reston, Va.

Work will be performed in San Diego; North Charleston, S.C.; Taunton, Mass.; Virginia Beach, Va.; and Madison, Ala. Work is expected to be completed by August 2022.

“San Diego has played a part in the previous phase of CANES introduction and will continue to do so under this contract award, moving CANES toward full deployment decisions,” said Steve Davis, public affairs and corporate communications spokesman at SPAWAR.

This contract has an eight-year ordering period up to the contract award amount. There are no options. Contract actions will be issued and funds obligated as individual delivery orders. Funds will be placed on contract with an initial delivery order issued to each contractor on record at the time of award.

CANES represents a critical component of the Navy's modernization planning by upgrading cybersecurity, command and control, communications and intelligence systems afloat. The increased standardization will reduce the number of network variants by ship class across the fleet.

"The operating systems that exist today on some of those legacy networks are not sustainable,” said Rear Adm. Christian Becker, PEO C4I. “CANES allows us to deploy current operating systems and then upgrade or stay current with future changes to those operating systems in a more cost effective and timely way."

For the next eight years, the Navy will leverage the best of industry and government expertise to meet the challenges of developing and delivering multiple CANES hardware and software baselines in the most affordable means available.

CANES Initial Operational Test and Evaluation began Aug. 11 aboard USS Higgins (DDG 76), which will support a Full Deployment Decision expected in the third quarter of fiscal year 2015. During the initial stages of the Limited Deployment phase, CANES installations have been successfully completed on nine destroyers. Installations continue on three carriers, one amphibious assault ship, eight destroyers, one landing dock ship and one cruiser. An additional 28 installations are planned throughout FY 2015 and FY 2016.

To date, the program's system maturity is based on performance measures and test data from almost 12,000 hours of cumulative test time. CANES installations aboard destroyers account for more than 15,000 hours of operational time.

CANES will ultimately be deployed to 180 ships, submarines and Maritime Operations Centers by 2022.

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