General Dynamics Mission Systems has been awarded a contract worth a potential nearly $4 billion under a U.S. Army program for rapidly acquiring tactical IT hardware.
The contract was awarded under the Army’s Common Hardward Systems-5, or CHS, program, which serves as a “one stop shop” for tactical IT hardware solutions supporting more than 120 Army and Defense Department program offices, General Dynamics said.
The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract consists of a 3-year base with two 1-year options and has a maximum ceiling of $3.9 billion.
“The CHS program is a great example of how the Army and industry can partner to ensure military services can rapidly acquire C4ISR solutions and other products that are not only cost-competitive with the commercial market, but logistically managed and supported for an extended period,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics Mission Systems. “More importantly, the ability of the CHS program to quickly adapt to the evolving challenges of today’s battlefield plays a critical role in supporting the Army’s tactical network modernization efforts.”
The contract contains what’s known as a technology insertion process to ensure baseline hardware under the CHS-5 program leverages the most up-to-date commercial technology. The contract also provides for technical assistance and support services, including rapid repair and replacement of equipment.