In July, the program executive office for theater surface combatants, through the Naval Sea Systems Command, awarded Solipsys a $21.5-million phase-three small business innovative research contract for development and testing of computer servers for the company's Tactical Component Network (TCN) management software. The servers will support TCN for operations with the Aegis SPY-1 radar on board Ticonderoga (CG-47)-class cruisers and Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)-class destroyers, and the APS-145 radar on board E-2C Hawkeyes.
The work aims at a series of land-based demonstrations and an at-sea test in 2003 of TCN's capability to carry out functions planned for the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) developed by Raytheon for fleet sensor netting.
The Raytheon system went through a successful evaluation in May 2001 and is certified for fleet use. CEC is set for fielding on cruisers, destroyers, aircraft carriers, Wasp (LHD-1) and San Antonio (LPD-17)-class amphibious warfare ships, and E-2Cs. The CEC program office plans to release a request for proposals for CEC next year with a contract award set for 2004.