General Dynamics (GD) has been awarded a $3.7bn firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, level-of-effort, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract to provide computer hardware and software to the US Defense Department.

The five year command hardware systems-4 award is a follow-on contract to a potential $2bn, ten-year CHS-3 effort that was awarded to GD C4 Systems in 2003.

According to a GD spokesman Rob Doolittle, the new contract will enable procurement of commercial hardware and software including computers, radio equipment and other communications gear at competitive prices.

Work on the new contract will be carried out at Massachusetts, US and is anticipated to be completed by 26 August 2016.

The US Army Communications-Electronics Command will be the contracting activity.