BAE Systems has been awarded a new indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to support the US Navy’s Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) programme.

The total estimated value of this ten-year, firm-fixed-price award is approximately $4.1bn. It has been awarded by the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR).

As part of this award, BAE Systems will work on the procurement and manufacturing of the afloat network devices, initial software, software renewal, laboratory equipment and other spare parts for the US Navy’s surface, shore and submarine platforms.

The company will also deliver associated maintenance services for the CANES, which is a next-generation tactical afloat network being developed to support the US Navy’s modernisation planning effort.

The programme aims to replace service’s unaffordable and obsolete networks by upgrading the cybersecurity, command-and-control, communications, and intelligence systems (C4IS) afloat.

Since the last eight years, the company has been supporting this programme by sourcing, assembling, testing and delivering CANES production units for various large-deck surface vessels at its Summerville site, South Carolina.

BAE Systems Integrated Defense Solutions vice-president and general manager Lisa Hand said: “Our team has a legacy of exceptional quality and production support to NAVWAR, ensuring timely and critical modernisation of the afloat networks.”

Apart from BAE Systems, the contract has been awarded to seven more industry partners.

According to a US Department of Defense (DoD) announcement, the other seven awardees are Leidos, Peraton, L3Harris Technologies, DRS Laurel Technologies, VT Milcom, Serco and Management Services Group, working as Global Technical Systems.

All the eight companies will compete for work on the new contract for CANES programme.

The DoD informed that the work under this multiple-award contract will be carried out at different locations across the US.