Navy Raises CANES to Reduce Cost, Complexity

Lockheed Martin formally submits proposal to develop modern shipboard computing system

 

CANES-05-460x300 Lockheed Martin formally submitted its proposal for the Navy’s Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services program that will consolidate five complex network systems into one modern shipboard computing system. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy.

Operating and maintaining the numerous computer systems on U.S. Navy ships can be complex and costly. The Navy plans to change all that with its Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program.

Lockheed Martin’s CANES team believes it has the solution the Navy needs to consolidate five complex network systems into one modern shipboard computing system. Lockheed Martin formally submitted its proposal on Sept. 12 after being one of two companies down selected for the program in 2010. The Navy expects to award the limited deployment phase contract in 2012.

“By applying our demonstrated rapid commercial-off-the-shelf insertion experience, we will deliver a commercial product suite that can quickly host applications to meet the Navy’s critical computing needs, while keeping cost top of mind,” said Joe Villani, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s CANES business. “Building on more than six decades of delivering C4I computing and network infrastructure, Lockheed Martin in uniquely positioned to deliver a modern information system network that integrates sailors’ operational needs.”

CANES will increase network reliability for the warfighter, as well as enhance flexibility to quickly adapt to future requirements. Reducing diverse systems and infrastructure requirements should significantly increase ease of maintenance and reduce associated acquisition and ownership costs.

Lockheed Martin’s proven, cost-effective, rapid commercial-off-the-shelf insertion business model for upgrading systems reduces disruption to the fleet. Lockheed Martin’s design also was developed with logistics and training in mind to further reduce total ownership cost.

Posted September 14, 2011