Lockheed Advances CANES Case
Navy plans to award limited-deployment contract for single modern shipboard computing system next year
In the business world, consolidation usually creates a more effective, efficient and affordable organization. The U.S. Navy’s Consolidated Afloat Network & Enterprise Services (CANES) program is intended to provide similar results for computer systems.
Early next year, the Navy anticipates awarding a limited-deployment phase contract for CANES, which will consolidate existing complex network systems into one modern shipboard computing system for the fleet.
As one of two contractors awarded a contract for CANES’ system design and development phase last March, Lockheed Martin recently successfully tested its design for the program. The test report will now be evaluated with the cost and technical proposals Lockheed Martin submitted in September for the CANES limited-deployment contract.
“This testing validates that our low-risk design, which meets the Navy’s stringent requirements for handling classified information, is robust and ready to integrate operational needs with a supportable, current product suite that can rapidly host existing and future applications,” said Joe Villani, vice president of CANES for Lockheed Martin.
During the Contractor Systems Integration Test, Lockheed Martin tested its design to assess the degree to which the system satisfies the requirements for guided missile destroyers – the first ship class to receive CANES as part of the limited-deployment contract award.
CANES will increase the Navy’s network reliability while providing enough flexibility to quickly adapt to the fleet’s future requirements. By consolidating dozens of legacy systems into one, the Navy expects to reduce ownership costs and make maintenance easier.
Lockheed Martin’s proven, cost-effective, rapid commercial-off-the-shelf insertion business model for upgrading systems reduces disruption to the fleet.
Posted December 2, 2011