CACI International announced today that it has been awarded a subcontract by General Dynamics Decision Systems to provide network services support for the United States Coast Guard’s National Distress and Response System Modernisation Project.
According to a statement, the 19-year award has an estimated value of $42.5 million during the six-year base period, with significant increases in revenue expected for the remaining 13 option years.
Under the terms of the subcontract, CACI will provide critical network hardware, software and services to help General Dynamics modernise the Coast Guard’s 30-year-old search and rescue communication system and begin deploying a new system, dubbed ‘Rescue 21,’ in 2002.
The Coast Guard’s National Distress System is the radio system boaters use to communicate with the Coast Guard in emergencies. It is currently effective across about 86 percent of the US coastline and interior waterways currently monitored by the Coast Guard. The new system will reportedly increase this coverage to approximately 98 percent.
CACI’s role includes interfacing Rescue 21 with the Coast Guard Data Network (CGDN+), which carries finance, personnel, and e-mail services to Coast Guard users worldwide. Connecting Rescue 21 to CGDN+ will bring the new communication system to additional Coast Guard users while saving money through the use of the existing CGDN+ network operations centre.