Navy asks DRS Laurel to build shipboard displays that promote software commonality in $62.6 million deal

April 13, 2020
The CDP has air- and water-cooled variants of the Navy's Common Display System (CDS); other consoles, Aegis upgrade equipment, and peripherals.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Navy surface warfare experts needed shipboard consoles, displays, and peripherals that provide software commonality across several ship classes, and enable maximum software reuse. They found their solution from the DRS Laurel Technologies segment of Leonardo DRS in Johnstown, Pa.

Officials of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington announced a $62.6 million contract to DRS on Thursday for the Consoles, Displays, and Peripherals (CDP) program.

The CDP is composed of air-cooled and water-cooled variants of the Navy's Common Display System (CDS); consoles, portions of the Aegis weapon system Aegis Modernization Upgrade equipment, and peripheral equipment.

The CDP program includes thin client displays and multi-mission displays. The CDS consoles are a set of open-architecture watch station three-eyed horizontal display consoles that provide the human machine interface between the sailor and the ship's combat systems.

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The contract involves shipboard electronics equipment that meets Technology Insertion (TI) 16 MOD 1 specifications, and will be for vessels like future versions of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer; the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class surface-attack destroyer, as well as for Aegis modernization efforts aboard the Navy's Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Burke-class destroyers.

This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy, and the militaries of Australia and Spain. This contract includes options that could increase its value to $462.3 million and extend through April 2025.

On this contract DRS will do the work in Johnstown, Pa., and should be finished by August 2021. For more information contact DRS Laurel Technologies online at, or Naval Sea Systems Command at

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