Navy establishes purchasing program for computing and networking equipment

ARLINGTON, Va., 20 Dec. 2005. U.S. Navy officials are setting up a purchasing program by which sensor, weapons, and combat systems designers can order state-of-the-art commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) open-architecture processing and communication/networking components and subsystems.

ARLINGTON, Va., 20 Dec. 2005. U.S. Navy officials are setting up a purchasing program by which sensor, weapons, and combat systems designers can order state-of-the-art commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) open-architecture processing and communication/networking components and subsystems.

The program, supervised at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., is called Middleware Sensor Integration. ONR leaders are placing General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Inc., Fairfax, Va., in charge of the program.

ONR officials on 19 Dec. awarded General Dynamics a $6.7 million task order on an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity basic contract for the Middleware Sensor Integration program, which has a maximum ceiling of $65 million. The contract number is N00014-05-D-0508.

Twenty-eight percent of the work will be at General Dynamics in Fairfax, Va., and 72 percent of the work will be at various locations to be determined, Navy officials say. Work should be finished in November 2007.

The contract is a follow-on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III effort.

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