US Army awards $99m AIE-3 contract to Leidos

15 August 2016 (Last Updated August 15th, 2016 18:30)

The US Army has awarded a $99m contract to Leidos to provide automated installation entry (AIE-3) solutions to Product Manager Force Protection Systems (PdM-FPS).

The US Army has awarded a $99m contract to Leidos to provide automated installation entry (AIE-3) solutions to Product Manager Force Protection Systems (PdM-FPS).

PdM-FPS, a part of the Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S), supplies integrated base defence and force protection capabilities for the army.

The contract requires the company to provide hardware and software for approximately 35 military installations, in a bid to improve security through automated personnel verification and authentication.

"Providing for the safety and well-being of the people that protect our country and their families is a mission of the highest priority."

Leidos Global Services Group president Mary Craft said: "Providing for the safety and well-being of the people that protect our country and their families is a mission of the highest priority. 

“We look forward to working with the PdM-FPS to enhance installation security and force protection and reduce troop-to-task functions by streamlining authentication and verification of personnel entering US Army Installations.”

The AIE-3 contract will provide a single standardised, interoperable and integrated system for installation access control, enabling enhanced situational awareness, information sharing and resource optimisation, the company said.

This indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract comes with a two-year base period of performance and two one-year options.

Leidos recently completed initial performance tests for an unmanned surface vessel it is developing for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel (ACTUV) programme.

The tests validated the 132ft-long Sea Hunter's speed, manoeuvrability, stability, seakeeping, acceleration / deceleration, and fuel consumption.