The US Navy has awarded a prime position to BAE Systems on a five-year, $34.9m indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide life cycle sustainment and technical support.

The contract was awarded through the US Navy Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Contracting Office.

Under the contract, BAE Systems will offer the services to NAWCAD’s Special Communications Mission Solutions Division.

BAE Systems Integrated Defense Solutions business vice-president and general manager Mark Keeler said: “For more than 40 years, BAE Systems has been the contractor of choice for life cycle sustainment and technical support for NAWCAD’s Special Communications Mission Solutions Division.

“As a leading systems integrator, we understand the need for quick reaction field support to ensure our military customers are mission ready and maintain a tactical edge.”

With this award, the company will support and sustain different C5ISR systems that are embedded within vehicles, watercraft, and specialised communications platforms in the NAWCAD inventory.

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As part of these C5ISR efforts, BAE Systems will maintain and upgrade command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems to enhance the situational awareness of military operators as well as decision-makers.

The company will carry out the work in forward-deployed mission locations including Central Command (CENTCOM) and Africa Command (AFRICOM) Areas of Responsibility (AOR).

Last month, BAE Systems secured a $2.68bn indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to deliver additional Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets to the US Navy.

In October last year, the navy awarded a $36.7m contract to the company to develop a next-generation, dual-band fibre-optic towed decoy (FOTD).