Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, Charlottesville, Va., is being awarded a $6,998,383 firm fixed price contract for three Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBN) shipsets for the DDG-51 modernization efforts. The IBNS is a Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E) upgrade and part of a comprehensive plan to modernize the DDG-51 Class to ensure the ships remain combat relevant and affordable throughout their life. The focus of the IBNS upgrade is to automate many manual functions to reduce manning levels and watch stander requirements. This contract includes options and engineering services which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $34,539,279. Work will be performed in Charlottesville, Va., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract wascompetitively procured via Federal Business Opportunities, with two offers received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-08-C-4215).