Army communication

PESA has been selected to support Serco in execution of the US Army’s communications and transmission systems (CTS) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.

Serco was chosen by the army as one of 12 companies to compete for task orders on the multiple-award CTS contract, which has an overall ceiling value of $4.1bn over a five-year performance period, in October 2013.

Under the contract, the company will provide mission critical audio/video hardware and software to include its joint interoperability test command (JITC) certified Cheetah video distribution systems for use in army and Department of Defense (DoD) command and control centres in support of the overall team effort.

PESA president and COO Chuck Tillett said: “We have supported Serco for C5I applications at several DoD installations and we value our relationship.

“As the only manufacturer of JITC certified video distribution system hardware for use by DoD, we look forward to continuing our support to the Army and all services.”

The Serco team is expected to provide design, procurement, installation and testing services in support of delivering global, mission-critical communication systems.

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“We have supported Serco for C5I applications at several DoD installations and we value our relationship.”

Leveraging its expertise in the areas of engineering, operations and maintenance, and life-cycle management services, the team will provide a more secure, operational and sustainable network communications solution for the US expeditionary soldiers.

Administered by the project manager, defence communications and army transmission systems (PM DCATS), the CTS programme will comprise a range of communications and technologies, including satellite, microwave, fibre optics, radio and wireless, and all associated support services.

Other CTS prime contractors include L-3 National Security Solutions, Lockheed Martin, Computer Sciences, AT&T Government Solutions, Booz Allen Hamilton, Intelligent Decisions, DRS Technical Services, General Dynamics, LGS Innovations and Globecomm Systems.

Image: US soldiers set up a tactical satellite communication system in Wardak province, Afghanistan. Photo: courtesy of Sgt. Russell Gilchrest, US Army.

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