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US orders GPTNS hardware for naval systems
US firms Sechan Electronics and Systems Engineering Support Co (SESCo) have obtained a combined $452.85 million IDIQ multiple-award contract for Global Positioning System-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Service (GPNTS) follow-on hardware production units, the DoD announced on 20 September.
GPNTS is a maritime navigation data fusion system that receives and processes PNT data from a wide variety of navigation-related sensors on its host platform and distributes the best available data solution in accordance with various DoD and industry-standard formats to shipboard PNT user systems.
The contracts from Naval Information Warfare Systems Command include a base ordering period of five years and a three-year option ordering period.
Each contract includes options, which if exercised, would bring the estimated value of each contact to $241.51 million for Sechan and $211.34 million for SESCo.
Work is expected to be completed by September 2029 if the option period is exercised.
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