Navy gets new onboard intel system

United Press International
April 12, 2011

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., April 12 (UPI) — Two U.S. Navy aircraft carriers are getting greater intelligence capabilities with new systems delivered by BAE.

The first BAE Systems-built production system of the Distributed Common Ground System-Navy (DCGS-N), is being installed onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in Norfolk, Va., BAE Systems said Monday at the Navy League Sea Air Space Exposition in Maryland .

The second system was delivered to the government for immediate shipment to the USS George Washington in Yokosuka, Japan.

"BAE Systems' delivery of the Eisenhower and George Washington DCGS-N systems greatly contributes to the timely deployment of this crucial intelligence exploitation system to the fleet. It provides critical capabilities that give the U.S. Navy a significant edge in maritime information dominance," said Capt. Robert Parker, program manager for the U.S. Navy's Battlespace Awareness and Information Operations Program Office, Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence.

DCGS-N integrates applications and services onto a common infrastructure to share and disseminate vital data for analysis and targeting to support ashore and afloat missions. As the U.S. Navy's component of the Defense Department's DCGS family of systems, DCGS-N allows the Navy to exchange information and data across multiple security domains, warfare areas, environments and theaters.

The systems delivered are part of BAE Systems' five-year, $72 million DCGS-N Prime Mission Product contract with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to manage DCGS-N development, production and support.

More than 25 systems will be delivered under the contract.

BAE Systems is also working to deliver upgraded system capabilities with an early adopter upgrade scheduled for installation on the USS Bonhomme Richard later this spring.

The BAE Systems-led team on the project includes General Dynamics, Sun Microsystems, ManTech International, Space Dynamics Laboratory, InVisM, Argon ST and Athena Consulting.