BAE’s Greenlawn group wins $23.5M Navy deal

Hope you're a friend: BAE Systems' Greenlawn subsidiary will provide "friend or foe" identification systems for the U.S. Navy's F/A-18 Hornet fighters.

A high-tech Long Island defense manufacturer has received a $23.5 million federal contract to supply “friend-or-foe” identification systems for U.S. fighter jets.

British multinational defense and aerospace company BAE Systems has won a fixed-price contract from the U.S. Navy to supply its electronic AN/APX-111 systems for F/A-18 Hornet fighters. The work will be centered at the conglomerate’s Information and Electronic Systems Integration division, based in Greenlawn, with additional contributions from BAE engineers in Texas.

The work under the “indefinite delivery” contract is slated to be completed in 2019. The contract is also labeled “indefinite quantity,” but the Long Island unit is expected to provide up to 142 Mode 5 combined interrogators, up to 195 Mode 5 upgrade kits, up to 52 integrations of Mode 5 upgrade kits, up to 235 shop replaceable assemblies, and up to six test-asset repairs to support the F/A-18 series, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

The BAE Systems contract was one of 44 new U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Defense Logistics Agency contracts announced Sept. 22 by the Defense Department, including multiple deals involving other New York companies.

Also on the DoD’s Sept. 22 list: an $8.7 million Navy contract for Elmira-based Moog Inc., which will design, manufacture, install and test a “swashplate actuator test system” on V-22 Osprey helicopters; a $16 million Navy contract for Saab Defense and Security USA’s East Syracuse facility, to provide multi-modal radar systems for U.S. Coast Guard cutters; and a $14 million Air Force contract for New York City’s Columbia University, to develop “agile and robust automatic speech-recognition, machine translation, cross-language retrieval and summarization technologies.”

The Defense Department also announced Sept. 22 new contracts for BAE Systems subsidiaries in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, in addition to fresh deals for major contractors including Raytheon, Boeing, Northrup Grumman and Lockheed Martin.