- Cooperative Engagement Capability
Raytheon and Lockheed-Martin today announced that they have teamed to bid for
the US Navy Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) Block 2 program, worth
approximately $1 billion.
CEC Block 2 competition is slated to begin in the second quarter of this year,
with contract award expected in early 2004. CEC Block 1 and Block 2 are worth
about $3 billion.
CEC is a unique sensor networking system that helps US Navy war fighters detect,
track and kill fast-moving airborne weapons such as cruise missiles with extreme
speed and accuracy.
CEC extracts data from sensors, turning data into meaningful information and
imparts knowledge to commanders. With this information commanders can make
faster, more confident weapon-firing decisions.
Lockheed Martin was recently contracted to implement CEC into Royal Navy's Type
23 Duke-class frigates.
CEC Block 2 will improve CEC Block 1 capabilities by increasing the size of its
sensor network, decreasing costs, adding new categories of users, optimizing
bandwidth and extending CEC to the joint military community.
Approximately 155 CEC Block 2 will be installed on aircraft carriers,
destroyers, E-2C, amphibious ships and other platforms.
US Navy's plans call for 256 CEC systems deployed by 2018, compared with the 46
Block 1 systems deployed today.
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