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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Melbourne defense firm reels in Navy submarine software deal

Melbourne-based Modus Operandi Inc. said Monday it has received a $600,000 deal to provide submarine intelligence analysis software for the U.S. Navy.

The small defense contractor has now won nearly a half dozen contracts since late 2009, cumulatively worth more than $3.3 million.

Its latest was a Small Business Innovation Research contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command at Washington Navy Yard. The deal is sponsored by the Program Executive Office for Submarines.

Terms of the project call for Modus Operandi to design software technology that will process and feed intelligence information from various sources into an integrated database for submarine commanders, the company said.

The new system "will provide submarine control room personnel, and ultimately commanders, with a vastly improved common operating picture allowing them to perform more mission types with greater confidence," Modus Operandi chief scientist Richard Hull said in a written statement.