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Three companies – BAE Systems, Serco and Scientific Research Corp (SRC) – have been awarded work under a contract from the US Naval Information Warfare Systems Command in San Diego to engineer command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) services on surface ships, the companies have recently announced.

The total value of the eight-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract is USD 537 M (EUR 488.25 M).

C4I systems are critical to the operation of surface ships, providing the ability to communicate, control, and co-ordinate operations across the fleet.

“We have a rich history of supporting the navy’s missions to advance security across the globe,” Lisa Hand, vice president and general manager at BAE Systems Integrated Defense Solutions, was quoted as saying in a 27 April 2023 press release. “As a leader in systems integration, we are known for not only providing exceptional quality and production support, but also for developing creative solutions for the navy’s toughest C4I problems.”

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Delbert D Black breaks away from the Supply-class fast combat support ship USNS Artic after conducting a replenishment at sea on 2 April 2023. BAE Systems, Serco and SRC have been awarded C4I work on the US Navy’s surface fleet. (Photo: US Navy)

Serco CEO Tom Watson said in a 10 April press release, “This important new IDIQ win is a testament to the proven capabilities Serco has to offer in the naval shipboard modernisation market. Serco stands ready to leverage our three decades of experience to support PMW 760 [Program Manager, Warfare 760] with integration, testing and installation of C4I equipment on surface vessels.”

SRC briefly noted on its website that it was proud to be one of the awardees.

Under the new ID/IQ contract, the companies will provide shipboard C4I services and systems throughout the five phases of shipboard integration: requirements determination; design engineering and procurement; integration and testing; shipboard installation and trials; and post-delivery support.

The work will be performed in Alabama, California, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, South Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Peter Felstead