Navy asks Leonardo DRS to provide open-architecture shipboard displays as part of the Aegis modernization program


WASHINGTON- US Navy surface warfare experts purchase additional consoles, displays, and shipboard peripherals from Leonardo DRS in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to promote maximum reuse of software aboard Navy surface combatants.

Naval Sea Systems Command officials in Washington on Wednesday announced a $33.6 million order from DRS for the Consoles, Displays, and Peripherals (CDP) program.

The CDP is made up of air-cooled and water-cooled variants of the navy’s Common Display System (CDS); consoles, parts of the Aegis modernization upgrade equipment of the Aegis weapon system and peripheral equipment.

The Navy procures shipboard electronic equipment under Technical Insertion (TI) 16 production equipment and spares to support future Navy surface ship combat systems. The order includes foreign military sales to Canada and South Korea.

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The CDP program includes thin client screens and multi-mission screens. CDS Consoles are a set of open-architecture lookout post horizontal three-eye display consoles that provide the human-machine interface between the sailor and the ship’s combat systems.

The contract is for Technology Insertion (TI) 16 compliant shipboard electronics and will include ships such as future versions of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer; the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class surface attack destroyer, as well as for Aegis modernization efforts aboard the Navy’s Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Burke-class destroyers.

This contract combines purchases for the United States Navy and the Spanish military forces. Under this contract, DRS will perform the work in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and is expected to be completed by December 2021.

For more information, contact DRS Laurel Technologies online at, or Naval Sea Systems Command at


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