US Army awards $3.9bn contract to GD for CHS-5 programme

6 August 2018 (Last Updated August 6th, 2018 11:14)

The US Army has awarded a $3.9bn contract to General Dynamics (GD) Missions Systems for the Common Hardware Systems-5 (CHS-5) programme.

The US Army has awarded a $3.9bn contract to General Dynamics (GD) Missions Systems for the Common Hardware Systems-5 (CHS-5) programme.

The contract, which comes after General Dynamics previously secured the contract for the CHS-4 programme, involves three base years, with an additional two one-year options.

As part of the contract, the company provided next-generation computers, printers, displays, power supplies, and network and communications equipment.

CHS is designed to support the tactical IT hardware needs of more than 120 Army and US Department of Defense programme offices.

It involves rapid acquisition and delivery of commercial-off-the shelf IT hardware and services modified for military operations.

“The ability of the CHS programme to quickly adapt to the evolving challenges of today’s battlefield plays a critical role in supporting the army’s tactical network modernisation efforts.”

Under the contract, General Dynamics Mission Systems and its partners will deliver around 75,000 to 100,000 pieces of hardware to the army.

General Dynamics Mission Systems president Chris Marzilli said: “The CHS programme is a great example of how the army and industry can partner to ensure military services can rapidly acquire C4ISR solutions and other products that are not only cost-competitive with the commercial market, but logistically managed and supported for an extended period.

“More importantly, the ability of the CHS programme to quickly adapt to the evolving challenges of today’s battlefield plays a critical role in supporting the army’s tactical network modernisation efforts.”

A robust technology-insertion process included in the contract will ensure the CHS-5 hardware baseline to benefit from latest commercial technology and industry investments.

General Dynamics Mission Systems is also required to offer technical assistance support services and logistics support for rapid repair and replacement of equipment.