USA: Boeing Signs GDEMS Contract

The Boeing Co. has received a $16.7 million  contract for the production of gigabit Ethernet data multiplex systems for the DDG modernization program, new ship construction, Aegis Ashore Systems, additional hardware and the repair of units during installation and checkout.

Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex System (GEDMS) is a data transfer network that provides a highly reliable, redundant, mission-critical network backbone to any ship in the U.S. Navy inventory.

The GEDMS system will be a technology refresh to the Fiber Optic Data Multiplex System (FODMS), which is currently being installed on the Arleigh Burke DDG51 Flight II Class of destroyer ships (DDG 79 – 110).

It will increase the overall networking bandwidth by replacing the Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) backbone associated with the FODMS system and installing a Gigabit Ethernet backbone, according to Powerstarnic.

Boeing has installed the first GEDMS on the USS Supruance (DDG 111) on October, 24, 2011.

Work will be performed in Camarillo, Calif. (57 percent), Smithfield, Pa. (33 percent), and Huntington Beach, Calf. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed by May 2015.

Naval Today Staff, November 6, 2012