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Boeing seeks Aegis contract

Dec. 16, 2011 at 6:20 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Boeing is seeking to provide systems engineering and development support for modernization of the U.S. Navy's Aegis Weapon System.

The company said it submitted a bid for the Combat System Engineering Agent contract this week.

"Boeing has assembled a strong team to support the next evolution of the Aegis Weapon System with fresh, innovative solutions," said Boeing Network and Space Systems President Roger Krone.

"Boeing recognizes the vital importance of the Aegis program to the nation's security, and we are prepared to support the Navy's goal of affordably enhancing the system's capabilities to meet future threats and challenges."

The Aegis Weapon System is a surface-to-air integrated weapons platform to defend against airborne threats. Under the CSEA award, the winning company will integrate improved air and missile defense capabilities on Flight III destroyers.

"Boeing has a long history of modernizing existing systems, enhancing their capability with the latest tools and technology, and delivering flexible, low-cost, high-performance end products," Greg Hyslop, Boeing Strategic Missile and Defense Systems vice president and general manager said. "That kind of expertise will be essential to bringing the Aegis system's capabilities to the next level."

The Navy is expected to award the contract next fall.

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