Northrop Grumman Corp. announced that it received a U.S. Navy electronics contract worth as much as $80 million over five years. A two-year option would extend the deal to December 2019 and give it a $95 million ceiling.

The deal covers a tactical data link communication processor which provides real-time information about friendly and enemy activity during combat.

Work will be done in San Diego.

Joining Northrop Grumman on the project are GET Engineering of El Cajon, FUSE Integration Inc. of Long Beach and Technology Unlimited Group of San Diego.

Under the deal, Northrop Grumman will provide software and hardware system development, engineering services and technology refresh field change kits for the communications processors aboard naval surface ships.

The contractor will first provide designs addressing obsolescence issues in the current system. These improvements will increase computational capacity and lay a foundation for enhancing the system’s capability and inserting new capabilities — such as the integration of the Link 22 secure digital radio link.

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, or Spawar, awarded the contract, which is an indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery deal. Spawar said there were three bidders on the deal.

The electronics are called the Next Generation Command and Control Processor, or NGC2P.

Falls Church, Va.-based Northrop Grumman had $25.2 billion in total sales during 2012. Its shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NOC.

— SDBJ Staff Report