Serco has been awarded a contract to support the installation of close-in weapons systems (CIWS) on US Navy and US Coast Guard (USCG) vessels and US Army vehicles.

The latest, single-award IDIQ contract includes a one-year base period, in addition to two optional years. If all options are exercised, the overall value will reach $31m.

"Serco has a rich history of supporting the US Navy with C4ISR solutions and expertise."

As part of the agreement, Serco will execute installations, advancements and modifications to the CIWS, which is a point-defence weapon that assists in detecting and destroying low and high-flying, high-speed manoeuvring anti-ship missile threats that have infiltrated outer defences.

The CIWS will be mounted shipboard in a naval capacity.

Work under the contract will be carried out in Norfolk, Virginia; San Diego, California; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Everett, Washington and Mayport, Florida, US, in addition to several other overseas ports.

Serco chairman and chief executive officer Dan Allen said: "Serco has a rich history of supporting the US Navy with C4ISR solutions and expertise.

"This programme is a great addition to our C4ISR portfolio and we are ready to apply our experience to further the United States military and its shipboard defence systems."

The latest contract is based on the company’s existing set of navy command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) contracts, under which it is offering installation and upgrading support for navy vessels.

In addition to building and maintaining C4ISR systems for a range of units for the Department of Defense, Serco offers lifecycle sustainment, engineering, systems integration, hardware procurement, software development, technical support, installation and testing, and operations and maintenance solutions.

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