DRS Technologies Canada (a subsidiary of Leonardo DRS) will start deliveries this summer of four sets of the Integrated Voice Communications System (IVCS) for installation on board the Navy’s first two Flight III Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)–class Aegis destroyers—DDGs-125 and -126—and for backfit on the USS Bulkeley (DDG-84) and USS McCampbell (DDG-85).
Edward Vlasblom, technical director for communications and network programs at the company, says they have provided shipboard communications systems to the Navy since the early 2000s. In 2009, the company won a contract for the shipboard comms system. In 2015, it won an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to supply its IVCS for the Aegis destroyers and cruisers out to 2020. The four sets are the Navy’s latest order for the system, which is slated for new DDGs and for backfit for the DDGs and Ticonderoga (CG-47)-class cruisers through the Aegis modernization program.