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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Navy gets assistance with submarine satellite connectivity

The Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a new $10.2 million task order through the Integrated Topside program to help develop advanced satellite communications systems for submarines.

The company will support the technology development phase of an initiative to develop a prototype of a satellite communications system suitable for integration into submarines, the Defense Department said March 5. The contract has options that could raise its value to $32 million.

The mission of the Integrated Topside program is to develop a scalable family of electronic warfare and radar and communications equipment to support multiple classes of ships and other Navy platforms.

Lockheed Martin will perform the work in Moorestown, N.J. The Office of Naval Research is the contracting activity.