Friday, December 3, 2010

Rugged computers and software to Army by GDC4 Systems

The U.S. Army is asking General Dynamics C4 Systems in Taunton, Mass. to provide rugged computer servers, handheld computers, network hardware, data storage, printers, displays, software applications, and other tactical computer gear under terms of a $187 million contract announced Friday.

The contract is part of the $2.7 billion (CHS-3) program to supply U.S. military force with command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) hardware and software for constructing network-centric architectures across the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies.

Under the Army/General Dynamics C4 Systems contract, General Dynamics provides rugged and commercial computer and networking equipment to support battlefield and benign environments, as well as support all products by a global logistics infrastructure. Awarding the contract are officials of the Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) Contracting Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

The CHS-3 program provides state-of-the-art, qualified, interoperable, compatible, deployable, and survivable hardware and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software for command, control, and communications at all echelons of command for the Army and other DOD services, including technology insertion to refresh the network-centric architectural building blocks continuously, add new technology, and prevent hardware obsolescence.

The idea is to provide new computer products that comply with technology advances such as IPv6 can be added to other CHS-3 offerings. Three standardized environmental categories (V1, V2, and V3) define hardware ruggedization and qualification test certification for the customers.

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