The U.S. Navy has issued a request for information on potential vendors as it works on a new procurement strategy for the potential $ 2.5 billion contract for consolidated enterprise and offshore network services, a the Bloomberg government reported on Friday.
The CANES program is a commercial off-the-shelf systems integration initiative that aims to consolidate a number of separately managed operations and on-board networks. It aims to provide Navy surface combatants, maritime operations centers and submarines with a comprehensive infrastructure – including software, hardware, end-user devices, storage and processing – for services secret, unclassified, coalition and sensitive compartmentalized information network.
The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command is interested in obtaining information on companies with experience in the production and assembly of naval submarines and rack-mounted surface systems; ability to develop material units based on detailed technical data package materials; experience working with industry partners for the development of subsystems; experience in the maintenance of military hardware platforms in the field; and cooperation with other leading partners in the integration of complex systems.
NAVWAR will accept RFI responses until July 28.
The Navy awarded BAE Systems, General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), Global Technical Systems, Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Serco’s US arm spots on the $ 2.53 billion CANES contract in 2014 and added CGI ( NYSE: GIB) and Leonardo on the program in 2015. The existing CANES contract runs until August 2022.