Coast Guard schedules Deepwater contract award for June 25

Coast Guard schedules Deepwater contract award for June 25

The Coast Guard next week expects to award a multibillion-dollar contract to one of three vendor teams to overhaul its vessels and aircraft, replacing obsolete computer and sensor technologies.

Through the 30-year Integrated Deepwater System contract, the guard will overhaul or replace 100 aging cutters and 200 aircraft.

The three teams that bid to design, develop and roll out systems for Deepwater are:

  • Boeing Co.

  • Integrated Coast Guard Systems, a team that includes Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Miss.

  • Science Applications International Corp.

  • The acquisition, the largest in Coast Guard history, has drawn General Accounting Office criticism for promoting the use of unproven technology.

    Congress also has raised concerns and has committed to funding the project for only three years. The Guard estimates that it will need to spend $500 million annually on it for several years beyond that.

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