The U.S. Navy chose five vendors to provide the next-generation information technology network for its ships, announcing the winners on Aug. 20.

Work on the project, called Canes, is anticipated to be worth as much as $2.53 billion. Work will be done over the course of eight years and some of the business will be done in San Diego.

The five vendors will now compete for delivery orders. The vendors are BAE Systems Technology Solutions and Services Inc. of Rockville, Md.; General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) C4 Systems of Taunton, Mass.; Global Technical Systems of Virginia Beach, Va.; Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) Systems Corp. of Herndon, Va. and Serco Inc. of Reston, Va.

Canes will ultimately be deployed on 180 ships, submarines and maritime operations centers by 2022.

The Navy received seven offers to do the work. Spawar, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, chose the vendors on behalf of the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence. Both are in San Diego.

Canes is an abbreviation that stands for Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services.