Alion Science and Technology has awarded the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) multi-billion dollar defence systems technical area task multiple award contract (DS TAT MAC).

Valued at up to $3bn for all 11 prime contractors, the contract replaces six information analysis center (IAC) contracts, and has a five-year performance period, including one base year and four one-year options. The company will compete for work supporting essential technical solutions for the DoD IACs, including research and development, test and evaluation and advisory services.

Alion senior sector vice president Rob Hirt said that the new contract provides numerous opportunities for both the company and its customers.

"We will continue to bring our long-standing expertise in materials, manufacturing and weapon systems development and integration to support the DoD’s goals," Hirt added.

"But now we can also help enhance the military’s capabilities in several other areas, assisting them in meeting both near and long-term challenges with effective, practical solutions."

The contract includes six IACs, covering autonomous systems, directed energy, energetic, military sensing, non-lethal weapons and information operations, reliability, maintainability, quality, supportability, and interoperability, as well as survivability and vulnerability.

Two of the IACs are operated by Alion, and focus on advanced materials and manufacturing and weapon systems technology.

Administered by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), the DoD IACs operate a portfolio of task order contracts for technical research and analysis, and were designed as central sources for specific technical knowledge and expertise. Work under the contract is expected to completed by June 2019 if all option periods are exercised.

Defence Technology