Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract to deliver software engineering and scientific support services (SSES) to the US Army Communications Electronics Command’s (CECOM) Software Engineering Center (SEC).

Awarded by the US Army Acquisition Center-Aberdeen Proving Ground, the multiple-award, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a potential value of $7bn for all 12 awardees, and features a two-year base performance period, one two-year option, as well as an additional one-year option.

SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager John Thomas said the company would deliver advanced lifecycle software support and information technology solutions, enabling the army to maintain superiority in combat and information capabilities throughout the enterprise.

"Services will also be provided for logistics, business and enterprise resource planning systems."

Under the contract, SAIC will provide full lifecycle software engineering and sustainment, field support, training and other services for post deployment software support/post production software support (PDSS/PPSS), in addition to command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) infrastructure.

Services will also be provided for logistics, business and enterprise resource planning systems, information technology infrastructure support, such as acquisition support, technical support, as well as software and application development, to help SEC sustain operational readiness of the deployed systems.

The company will also support SEC to maintain army/joint interoperability, supporting architecture products, protocols, standards and tools, providing information security and assurance services, as well as replication, distribution, installation and training.

Work under the contract will be primarily performed at the army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort Sill in Oklahoma, Fort Hood in Texas, and Fort Huachuca in Arizona, US.

SEC provides SSES for a wide variety of US Army and Department of Defense (Dod) customers across the country, in addition to delivering timely direct software support to the soldiers during combat operations, contingencies and exercises.