Two companies — Northrop Grumman Corp.’s Information Systems Sector and Computer Sciences Corp. — received indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts letting them bid on software engineering work worth tens of millions of dollars.

Both companies will now go on to compete for task orders under the deals.

The Pentagon announced the awards Oct. 21. The two vendors will compete on projects such as the Common Data Link Management System, the Next Generation Command and Control Processor and the Common Link Integration Processing software.

Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC) could get as much as $28.2 million over a single year. If the government exercises a two-year option, the awarded work could be worth as much as $31.1 million through October 2017.

A Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) contract could be worth as much as $37 million over a single year. If the government exercises a two-year option, the work could be worth as much as $40.3 million through October 2017.

Half of the work will be done in contractor facilities and the other half in government facilities.

SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific awarded the contracts. SPAWAR stands for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.