The US Navy has awarded a $163m contract to Science Applications International (SAIC) to support and maintain its network components and services.

As part of this contract, the company will work to design, build, incorporate, upgrade, sustain and provide lifecycle support for the shore networks, network components, and service solutions.

The contract also requires SAIC to maintain the Naval Enterprise Networks associated with all the shore-based US Navy’s commands and personnel, which is crucial for the day-to-day naval operations.

It will further support the command and control of the US Navy’s units deployed by the operational commanders.

Work under the contract is being performed for the US Naval Information Warfare Centre (NIWC) Pacific Shore Networks Branch in San Diego, California, US.

SAIC Defence & Civilian Sector president Bob Genter said: “SAIC is honoured to build on our work supporting the US Navy and NIWC Pacific.

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“We are focused on delivering valuable support and solutions to a range of US Navy network challenges and initiatives.”

NIWC Pacific is a US Navy organisation that provides technological and engineering support crucial for the service’s information warfare.

The systems development and support provided by the Pacific branch includes basic research and prototype development, using the systems engineering and integration solutions to deliver life cycle support for the already fielded systems.

The NIWC also supports various programmes of the US Marine Corps, Air Force, Army and the Coast Guard.

In November 2021, SAIC secured a $93m contract from the US Navy to provide tactical integrated threat/target training systems.