Engility has signed a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide product and technical services support for the development and testing of avionics platforms for the US Navy.

As part of the $27.6m, five-year contract, the company will provide support for the Naval Avionics Platform Integration Emulator (NAPIE) systems.

Work will be performed for the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Systems Division, US Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Department (NAWCAD) at Patuxent River, Maryland, US.

"The NAPIE system has been designed to enable rapid integration of enhanced prototype technologies."

Engility will also provide programme management, engineering services, system architecture, guidance quality analysis, test planning, flight test data analysis and field support to the NAWCAD / ATC Systems Division.

Engility president and CEO Tony Smeraglinolo said: "This contract award is the result of Engility’s nearly 20 years of experience working with the design, development and technical aspects of the NAPIE systems.

"Our exceptional past performance and our resulting knowledge of system requirements create efficiencies for the government, while enabling mission success for our customer."

The NAPIE system has been designed to enable rapid integration of enhanced prototype technologies, including sensors or algorithms, into existing platforms.

Featuring core computing elements, the systems comprise data recorders, test engineer consoles and various electrical, electronic, avionic and mechanical components.

By developing rugged, airborne-based NAPIE systems, Engility engineers enable the existing platforms to comply with military standards and qualify for navy test authorisations and Federal Aviation Administration approval.

Engility has also been chosen to help the navy develop technologies for automated aerial refuelling with commercial and military tankers and manned and unmanned air systems.