SAN DIEGO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- BAE Systems announced plans to submit a bid for the U.S. Navy's new Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services contract.
British company BAE says it has formed a team that includes Raytheon and DRS Technologies as part of a plan to compete for the Navy's CANES program.
The Navy has solicited the defense industry for proposals on consolidating of naval ships' networks into a "common, secure computing environment, further ensuring mission success and reducing maintenance costs," the release said.
BAE says its team will submit a competitive bid to address the Navy's current network difficulties.
"The current disparate infrastructure requires significant budget to maintain and does not to provide the network bandwidth necessary for effective C4I (command, control, communications, computing and intelligence) operation," John Jarman, BAE Systems representative, said in a statement.
"A unified information technology infrastructure among the Navy's 300 ships will enable sailors to better share intelligence across different security domains and reduce training costs."