Jacobs wins US Army contract to support West Desert Test Center at DPG

3 May 2019 (Last Updated May 3rd, 2019 15:43)

Jacobs has secured an estimated $27m contract from the US Army to continue supporting the West Desert Test Center at Dugway Proving Ground (DPG) in Utah, US.

Jacobs has secured an estimated $27m contract from the US Army to continue supporting the West Desert Test Center at Dugway Proving Ground (DPG) in Utah, US.

The direct award bridge contract is valid for 15 months. Jacobs has been performing field range testing and laboratory support services work at the test site for the past 15 years.

Work includes conducting field range testing, as well as chamber and laboratory tests for chemical and biological simulants and pollutants.

As part of the contract, Jacobs is required to conduct an evaluation of the functionality of detection, dissemination and decontamination systems, as well as individual protective equipment.

The company delivers technical support, including evaluation of equipment and procedures and facilitation of field exercises and training at customer sites.

Furthermore, the contract includes on-site training for civilian first responders and members of the US Army and foreign partners in handling chemical and biological incidents.

The training programme comprises classroom instruction, practical laboratory exercises and field training.

“The facility conducts testing and support to enable forces and allies to counter chemical, biological, radiological, and explosives (CBRE) hazards.”

Jacobs aerospace, technology and nuclear senior vice-president Jennifer Richmond said: “Our work at Dugway Proving Ground sustains Jacobs’ position as a leading provider of range and test and evaluation services to the army and US Department of Defense.

“This direct award bridge contract enables us to continue our longstanding partnership providing leading-edge, solutions-driven innovation in the increasingly important area of chemical and biological defence.”

Established in 1942, DPG is the country’s test centre for chemical and biological defence.

The facility conducts testing and support to enable forces and allies to counter chemical, biological, radiological, and explosives (CBRE) hazards.

West Desert Test Center is the DPG’s testing area and is involved in planning, conducting, and analysing results of developmental and production tests.

Last month, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District awarded a contract to Jacobs. The company will provide architect and engineer services to renovate the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) headquarters buildings at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.