AASKI Technology wins US Army sensor maintenance support contract

24 July 2019 (Last Updated July 24th, 2019 10:49)

AASKI Technology has received a $673m US Army task order to provide sensor technology operations and readiness maintenance (STORM) support.

AASKI Technology has received a $673m US Army task order to provide sensor technology operations and readiness maintenance (STORM) support.

The order has been awarded under the US Army’s Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (RS3) contract vehicle.

Under the contract, AASKI will provide support to the US Army Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S), Project Manager Sensors – Aerial Intelligence (PM SAI), and Product Manager, Manned Aerial Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems (PdM MARSS).

Contract services will include providing operations and sustainment, as well as modification and integration for the mission equipment payloads.

The company is also required to undertake tasks such as training, test, certification, cybersecurity, logistics and engineering.

AASKI Technology CEO Bharat Parikh said: “It is an honour to support the deployed warfighter once again on the STORM programme, having done it previously on the M3-MAISR programme.

“The support we will provide, along with our strategic teaming partners, is crucial to the intelligence community and the army. Winning this effort is based once again on our motto, ‘Mission Focused, Customer Centric’, and a result of the hard work put in by AASKI and partner personnel.”

In August last year, the request for proposals for STORM was issued and the department of the army received five proposals.

The agency rated four of the proposals to be unacceptable under a technical factor, while AASKI’s proposal was considered for the award.

Following this, Virginia-based company United Support Services (USS) protested the issuance of a task order to AASKI.

USS said the evaluation of its proposal was unreasonable, and the agency ‘treated USS and AASKI disparately in the evaluation, and improperly failed to hold discussions’.

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) considered and reviewed all of USS’s assertions.

Last month, GAO noted that it found no basis to sustain the protest and that the agency’s evaluation was reasonable.

In April 2017, AASKI won a prime position on a potential five-year, $900m contract to provide field support and technical services to the Army‘s Project Management Office, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PM UAS).