BAE Systems has received a $79.8m contract from the US Navy to provide assistance in maintaining and operating multiple electronic, communication, and computing platforms that connect US and Joint forces operating across the Pacific.

The company will provide round-the-clock operations and maintenance support for afloat and ashore command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence systems for a period of five years.

This is part of the programme, which supports the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station, Pacific.

BAE Systems Integrated Defense Solutions business vice-president and general manager Mark Keeler said: “We are maintaining ship-to-shore, shore-to-aircraft, and shore-to-shore long-range communications systems. Our work is enabling naval, joint, agency, and coalition forces to effectively communicate and operate across the Pacific and Indian Oceans.”

The contract will also allow BAE Systems engineers to continue servicing the US Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).

"Our work is enabling naval, joint, agency, and coalition forces to effectively communicate and operate across the Pacific and Indian Oceans."

Developed by Lockheed Martin, MUOS is a narrowband military communications satellite system that offers enhanced and secure communications for all branches of the US Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

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The MUOS network is sustained by four orbiting satellites and four relay ground stations.

BAE Systems will deliver a majority of the contract work in Oahu, Hawaii. A portion of the work will be performed in Geraldton, Australia.

Meanwhile, BAE Systems Hawaii Shipyards has secured a contract action modification to a previously awarded contract for scheduled surface incremental availability (SIA) on Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97).

The scheduled SIA involves structural repairs and alteration to systems. Work under the not-to-exceed $9.57m contract is expected to be completed by May this year.