Lockheed, Northrop battle for $690M Navy contract

The Navy's contract to upgrade its shipboard networks is expected to be awarded Feb. 1.

The Navy is about to pick between Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman as the winner of a $690 million contract to start installing computer networks on hundreds of ships and submarines, according to a report by NextGov.

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command expects to award the contract by Feb. 1 for the Consolidated Afloat Networks Enterprise Services (CANES) contract.

The initial contract covers 54 ships over a two-year period but eventually the program will equip 286 ships and 60-plus submarines with on-board computer networks.

Lockheed Martin Corp., of Bethesda, Md., ranks No. 1 on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors. Northrop Grumman, of Falls Church, Va., ranks No. 2.