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USN selects industry partner to modernise combat systems
VTG announced on 7 April that it has won an IDIQ contract worth up to $188 million to work with the USN on modernising combat systems for surface vessels such as aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, cruisers and destroyers.
The Technical Insertion 16 (TI16) sustainment, installation, procurement and engineering services contract ‘enables the Navy to introduce the latest commercial off-the-shelf technologies and open architecture designs’ into combat systems such as the Aegis weapon system, VTG noted in a statement.
VTG already applies lifecycle combat systems engineering capabilities to C4ISR and cyber systems in its work for the Naval Sea Systems Engineering Directorate.
For example, the company recently completed installation and integration of the Optically Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN) directed energy weapon aboard two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
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