The Department of Defense awarded Harris Corp. a $45 million contract to provide the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a joint service command and control system of systems in an effort to update the forceā€™s outdated service specific systems, according to a Jan. 19 announcement.

The Global Command and Control System, dubbed ā€œMaritimeā€, will provide ā€œinformation integration and disseminationā€ to a series of Philippine headquarters. The new system will allow the leaders there to greatly expand their ability to form and maintain a national common operational picture.

The contract qualifies as a foreign military sale to the Philippines. Under such sales, the U.S. government enters into a relationship with a foreign government at the behest of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of Defense oversees the programā€™s execution.

Harris Corp. will preform work on the project in Rochester, New York and various locations in the Philippines. The program is expected to be completed by December 2020.