September 13, 2011

Lockheed Martin submits proposal for US Navy CANES

(Lockheed Martin CANES Program Photo)

References: Lockheed Martin, U.S. Navy, Defense Industry Daily, SPAWAR

News Report

As reported in a recent press releaseLockheed Martin submitted its proposal for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program that will consolidate complex network systems into one modern shipboard computing system for the U.S. Navy.

The CANES program will increase network reliability, while being flexible enough to quickly adapt to future requirements. By consolidating dozens of legacy systems into one, the Navy expects to reduce ownership costs and make maintenance easier.

The System

CANES is the consolidation and enhancement of five shipboard legacy network programs and will provide the common computing environment infrastructure for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence applications that currently require system specific infrastructure to operate legacy systems. These include the Integrated Shipboard Network System (ISNS), Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Networks, and Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System Maritime (CENTRIXS-M).

The CANES concept requires a technical and programmatic realignment of afloat infrastructure and services. CANES will take advantage of the new business model of open architecture, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), and rapid COTS insertion, in order to bring fiscal savings to the Navy, as well as operational agility to the warfighter.

Consolidation through CANES will thus eliminate many legacy, standalone networks while providing an adaptable and responsive information technology platform to rapidly meet changing warfighter needs. This strategy strengthens the network's infrastructure, improves security, reduces the existing hardware footprint and decreases total ownership costs. In addition to providing greater capability, CANES will allow fleet end-users to benefit from reduced operations and sustainment workloads as a result of common equipment, training and logistics.

The Context

CANES introduction to the fleet will begin with installs in 2012 on unit level ships with two engineering development model installations, followed by limited deployment installations in 2012 that cover force level ships, shore sites and additional unit level ships. CANES will be deployed to more than 190 ships, submarines and maritime operations centers by 2021.

In March 2010, Lockheed Martin was one of two contractors down selected for the system design and development phase of the CANES program (the other one is Northrop Grumman, while original submissions included those by BAE Systems, Rockwell Collins, Boeing and General Dynamics). The Navy has said it expects to choose a contractor for the limited deployment phase in early 2012.

CANES is currently in the Engineering & Manufacturing Development phase, which will include a declared winner in the competition between Lockheed Martin & Northrop Grumman. If CANES receives Milestone C approval to enter the Production & Deployment phase, introduction to the fleet will begin with installs in 2012 on unit level ships with 2 Engineering Development Model installations, followed by Limited Deployment installations in 2012 that cover force level ships, shore sites, and additional unit level ships. If the program remains on schedule, CANES would ultimately be deployed to more than 190 ships, submarines and Maritime Operations Centers by 2021.


Our CANES proposal reflects more than 60 years experience in providing computing and network infrastructure to the U.S. Navy,” said Joe Villani, vice president of CANES for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors business. “Combined with our commercial off-the-shelf-insertion business model, Lockheed Martin is uniquely positioned to deliver a modern, cost-effective information-system network that integrates sailors’ operational needs.”

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