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BAE Systems Leads Team to Consolidate U.S. Navy Computer Network.

SAN DIEGO -- BAE Systems has formed a team to compete for a new U.S. Navy contract to consolidate dissimilar networks aboard naval ships into a common, secure computing environment, further ensuring mission success and reducing maintenance costs.

Under the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services, or CANES, program, commercial, off-the-shelf technology will replace legacy command, control, communications, computing, and intelligence (C4I) hardware and software systems unique to each Navy ship. The new systems will use a service-oriented architecture that allows commonality across platforms and easy insertion of new capabilities.

"The current disparate infrastructure requires significant budget to maintain and does not to provide the network bandwidth necessary for effective C4I operation," said John Jarman, vice president of C3I systems for BAE Systems in San Diego. "A unified information technology infrastructure among the Navy's 300 ships will enable sailors to better share intelligence across different security domains and reduce training costs."

The team consists of BAE Systems, Raytheon and DRS Technologies. BAE Systems will provide systems integration expertise. Raytheon will furnish systems engineering, information assurance, maritime C4I hardware and electronics packaging, and integrated logistics support. DRS Technologies will provide maritime information technology equipment, isolation hardware, and production.

"Raytheon has a legacy of proven performance, delivering technological innovation, systems integration, and mission support," said Robert Martin, Raytheon's vice president and deputy for Seapower Capability Systems. "Together with BAE Systems, we will leverage our collective experience and deliver a comprehensive, open solution to meet the Navy's mission requirements for CANES."

Said Alan R. Dietrich, president of DRS's Command, Control, Communications, and Aviation group: "DRS has a 40-year legacy of offering high-quality and mission-critical products and services to the Navy. We are pleased to offer key capabilities to the U.S. Naval Forces in collaboration with BAE Systems for this program."

The team will co-locate at the BAE Systems C4I development center in Point Loma, California. The Navy is expected to award the CANES contract in December.

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is the premier global defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 100,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded 15.7 billion (US $31.4 billion) in 2007.
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