ARLINGTON, VA, April 14, 2015 ̶ DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today that it has won a contract to provide modernized integrated voice communications systems (IVCS) for U.S. Navy AEGIS cruisers and destroyers. The performance-based contract awarded by the Navy has a potential value of up to $55 million.
The IVCS is a computer-controlled telephone system that consists of two interconnected interior-communications switching centers, dial terminals, network terminals, terminal accessories and associated cabling. The system can be connected to a ship’s announcing system, shore telephone lines, radio communications and certain battle sound-powered telephone circuits.
“We are very pleased to bring forward a modern, proven and extremely reliable communications system that highlights our company’s long history of providing the Navy with customized commercial off-the-shelf systems,” said Steve Zuber, vice president and general manager, DRS Technologies Canada Ltd.
The solution leverages the DRS Secure Voice System with a commercial, off-the-shelf Avaya Aura® Communication Manager unified communications platform provided by Avaya Government Solutions, and a proven, qualified electronics rack and power distribution system from Dynalec Corporation.
Avaya Government Solutions Sales Vice President Susan Pompliano Keys added, “IVCS represents another important step by the Navy to establish common systems across multiple ships in the fleet in order to lower costs and simplify both logistics and training. We’re delighted to join with our partners at DRS and Dynalec in supporting such a critical initiative.”
DRS is already a key supplier for the Cruiser and Destroyer AEGIS Modernization Secure Voice System ON-740, which is a mission-critical, tactical communications system supporting command and control operations on the ship. DRS delivered the ICVS systems to the DDG 51 new ship construction and AEGIS modernization DDG 51 Destroyers and CG 47 Cruisers under a 2009-2014 prior contract.
Installation of the IVCS is expected to begin this year.
About DRS Technologies
DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide and is a two-time recipient of the Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence as well as three James S. Cogswell Awards for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA, which employs approximately 70,000 people worldwide.