Boeing and DRS Laurel Technologies have been awarded a contract to modernize the Ethernet system aboard modernized DDG-51 destroyers.

Under the contract, the two companies will provide "AN/USQ-82(V) Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex System (GEDMS) ship set hardware, spare parts and installation and checkout repair for the DDG 51 modernization program, the DDG 51 new construction program, DDG 51 foreign military sales to Korea and Japan, the LHA 8, and Aegis Ashore programs," according to the Department of Defense contract announcement. "The GEDMS variant of the AN/USQ-82(V) delivers technologically-refreshed IC data network, which enables critical and real-time control system communications throughout the DDG 51-class destroyer."

The Boeing contract is for $6.9 million, expanding to $116.5 million if all options are exercised. The DRS Laurel Technologies contract is for $8.3 million, expanding to $76.3 million if all options are exercised.