SPAWAR awards $750M contract to 21 firms

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic’s headquarters are on the Naval Weapons Station in Hanahan.

The Navy’s Hanahan-based high-tech engineering center awarded a sweeping contract for new equipment to 21 companies Wednesday, a deal worth as much as $750 million over five years.

The contract mostly covers the “command and control” equipment that Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic — better known as SPAWAR — might need. That includes things like GPS, video systems and processors.

The deal, which includes 21 companies from around the country, is fairly routine, and SPAWAR’s last contract is set to run out this year, spokesman Jack O’Neill said.

The Defense Department says 28 companies bid on the contract. None of the companies listed in the contract are from South Carolina though some have offices in the region.