The US Department of the Navy has awarded an additional contract extension with a limit of $485m to the government services provider Perspecta under the next-generation enterprise networks (NGEN) programme.

The latest eight-month extension would help provide the navy and US Marine Corps (USMC) with uninterrupted information technology (IT) and network security services through May 2020.

Under the NGEN contract, the company is responsible for operating the US Navy Marine Corps intranet (NMCI), which has approximately 700,000 users worldwide.

Perspecta president and chief executive officer Mac Curtis said: “Perspecta is fully prepared to continue our work, combining fresh and innovative concepts with practical solutions to meet the evolving needs of sailors and marines who rely on the network to support their critical missions.

“Perspecta is fully prepared to continue our work to meet the evolving needs of sailors and marines who rely on the network to support their critical missions.”

“We are honoured to serve the Department of the Navy, keeping the network operational and safe while setting the stage for IT modernisation as they prepare for the transition to the follow-on contract.”

The current contract extension is part of the NGEN programme that was started by the US Navy in 2000.

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In September this year, the company received a $787m contract extension from the US Department of the Navy to continue providing the US Navy with IT services for an additional year until September 2019.

Last month, Perspecta subsidiary Enterprise Services received a contract with a maximum value of $564m to continue providing the US Department of Defense (DoD) with maintenance, as well as integration services of mission-critical hardware and software used worldwide.