Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has signed a $41 million contract with the Navy to develop a research program focusing on materials degradation and advanced materials development.
The project is designed to help the Navy tackle its $6 billion-a-year problem with equipment and infrastructure corrosion and other types of materials degradation.
The McLean, VA-based technology firm, a frequent defense contractor, announced the deal earlier this month with the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Indian Head Division.
The contract has a one-year base period and four one-year options, with a total value of more than $41 million if all options are exercised. Work will be performed primarily in Indian Head, MD.
Focus on Lifecycle Costs
“Warfighter assets degrade asymmetrically, driving the need for material readiness, supply chain optimization, and new technology development and implementation,” said J.T. Grumski, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.
“We look forward to working with the Indian Head Division to help meet this need by bringing the right people, systems and technology together to develop an effective research program to help reduce lifecycle costs and increase the sustainability of military equipment and infrastructure.”
|Corrosion and other materials degradation in equipment and infrastructure costs the Navy about $6 billion a year.|
SAIC says its research “will help the DoD implement lifecycle and sustainment improvements based on true total ownership cost.” The company will provide “scientific, engineering, logistical, and programmatic support” for the initiative in the areas of environmental compliance, specification development, test and evaluation, and training and education.
NSWC declined to discuss the project.