Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) will submit a bid to the U.S. Navy in pursuit of a contract covering the next phase of a program to install networks and computing equipment on ships.
The Navy intends to install common computing environment for C4I applications (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) on ships through the Consolidated Afloat Network and Enterprise Services program, Northrop said Monday.
Northrop won a potential $637.7 million contract in February 2012 to install CANES on 54 ships.
“The CANES program is critical to modernizing the Navy afloat network for enhanced security, affordability and delivering relevant capabilities to the warfighter, ” said Mike Twyman, vice president and general manager of Northrop’s defense systems division within the information systems business.
Up to three companies could be selected to compete for task orders under the program’s next phase, where the Navy plans to install the network on its remaining 231 ships.