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Army Eyes General Dynamics for Common Hardware Systems

A Common Hardware Systems contract provides the Army with rapid delivery of tactical IT equipment and services.

General Dynamics Missions Systems was awarded a contract for the fifth generation of the Common Hardware Systems (CHS-5) program from the Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract consists of a three-year base contract with two one-year options, with a potential maximum value of $3.9 billion.

“The CHS program 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,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics Mission Systems. “More importantly, the ability of the CHS program to quickly adapt to the evolving challenges of today’s battlefield plays a critical role in supporting the Army’s tactical network modernization efforts.”

A Common Hardware Systems contract with General Dynamics Missions Systems and partners provides the Army with rapid delivery of tactical IT equipment and services. (Photo courtesy of General Dynamics)

The various phases of CHS programs were developed to provide speedy tactical information technology (IT) solutions for the various branches of the military (see photo). The different military branches and Department of Defense (DoD) program offices participating in the CHS programs can complete IT hardware orders in 90 days or less using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) IT hardware and services. As many as 100,000 pieces of hardware will be acquired through the contract from General Dynamics Missions Systems and its partners.

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