BAE picked for destroyer communications

Dec. 9, 2011 at 6:02 AM

ST. INIGOES, Md., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's new DDG 113 and DDG 114 destroyers will have radio communications and network capabilities by BAE Systems.

Design, installation and testing of the onboard systems will be performed by the company under a contract from the Naval Air Warfare Center-Aircraft Division. It has a one year base and four option years.

The total contract value, if all options are exercised, is $37 million.

"This award continues our strong legacy of support to the Navy's DDG program," said Mark Keeler, vice president and general manager for Land and Electronic Systems at BAE Systems Support Solutions. "Our employees have a long and proud history of providing critical communications systems."

Under the award, BAE will provide a range of services. Among them: systems engineering, production integration, logistics, crew training and configuration management.

BAE said technology it will install on the ships include multi-spectrum radio sets, antenna systems and baseband switching. Data-link modems and message distribution services are also part of the package.

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