Coast Guard to pick Deepwater winner Tuesday

The Coast Guard tomorrow expects to award a multibillion-dollar contract to overhaul its systems on vessels and aircraft, replacing obsolete computer and sensor technologies.

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

Three teams bid to design, develop and roll out systems for Deepwater:
  • 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.

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