CANES Review

By Thomas Duffy / July 27, 2011 at 8:22 PM

The Navy announced today that its next-generation shipboard network program completed critical design reviews for two competing systems being developed by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

The service said completing the two reviews for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) program represents a "significant engineering milestone."

The Navy's statement continues:

The next step in the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the program is completion of a Test Readiness Review. This review will ensure that the CANES design is ready to proceed into formal Contractor System Integration Test prior to down-select to a single CANES design. The review will also assess test objectives, test methods and procedures, and scope of testing while verifying the traceability of testing to program requirements.

The CANES program has recently re-phased its programmatic schedule as a result of the fiscal year 2011 continuing resolution and Congressional marks. The continuing resolution resulted in an approximate five month schedule delay in the completion of the EMD phase of the contract. All major acquisition milestones are still achievable within the approved parameters established by the milestone decision authority in January 2011 and the first CANES installation on a fleet destroyer is planned for late in fiscal year 2012.

CANES is one of several Acquisition Category I programs in the Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (PEO C4I) portfolio. CANES represents the consolidation and enhancement of five shipboard legacy network programs to provide the common computing environment infrastructure for command, control, intelligence and logistics applications.