BAE Systems has secured a $699m five-year contract from the US Army to offer technical support services for high performance computing centres.

The company will be responsible for Defense Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) operations, maintenance, and management services. This includes programme-wide services for high performance computer (HPC) users.

BAE Systems will also assist with the Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP).

The US Department of Defense (DoD) leverages supercomputing capabilities, high-speed network communications, and computational science to conduct research and development, as well as for testing new technologies.

The US Army Engineer Research and Development Center manages the programme on behalf of the DoD.

The partnership is expected to streamline the delivery of advanced technology to the US forces.

BAE Systems Integrated Defense Solutions vice-president and general manager Lisa Hand said: “Our team brings the high performing computing capabilities necessary to support the invaluable work of the DSRCs around the US.

“This award reaffirms the best-in-class experience our Huntsville team delivers for our government partners as a leading systems integrator of solutions and advanced technologies.”

As agreed, BAE Systems will offer management and technical support for the Navy DSRC, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi; the Army Corps of Engineers, the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) DSRC, Vicksburg, Mississippi; and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) DSRC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) DSRC, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, will also receive support from the company.

BAE Systems’ Robotic Technology Demonstrator (RTD) recently fired an Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket. This was the first time that an APKWS rocket was fired by a robotic combat vehicle (RCV).