BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to provide support services for the US Navy’s Surface Combat Systems Center (SCSC) in Wallops Island, Virginia. 

The $143m contract has been awarded by the US Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Dahlgren Division.

The five-year contract will see BAE Systems providing management, maintenance, engineering and information technology support services for the SCSC.

The company will also support the integration of different combat systems, mission equipment and computer programmes at the US Navy’s centre.

All mission-critical systems and equipment available at this centre are used by the naval warfighters to support the US Navy’s initiatives for the modernisation of existing and future destroyer, cruiser, amphibious ships and other surface vessels.

The support provided by BAE Systems for the SCSC covers all the major system engineering and activities that are used by the Navy’s surface fleet to test, train and support a range of deployed systems.

It includes advanced systems under development, surface combat systems and warfare systems, integration, interoperability as well as at-sea testing and exercises.

BAE Systems Integrated Defense Solutions vice-president and general manager Lisa Hand said: “Our work at Wallops Island supports SCSC’s mission to provide increased readiness and improved capability to the fleet.

“This effort is vital to our nation’s sailors in an increasingly challenging maritime environment.”

Located ashore in the Atlantic Ocean, the US Navy’s SCSC provides integrated warfare systems in a realistic maritime environment to support fleet operations, evaluation, training, research and development.

The SCSC’s team comprises more than 400 military contractor and civilian personnel that provide high-quality engineering and technical services.