General Dynamics Missions Systems (GDMS) has been awarded a contract for the CHS-5 (Common Hardware Systems-5) Program from the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
CHS is a “one stop shop” for tactical IT hardware solutions supporting more than 120 Army and U.S. Department of Defense program offices (including the U.S. Navy and the U. S. Marine Corps) for the rapid acquisition and delivery of commercial-off-the shelf IT hardware and services.
CHS provides state-of-the-art computing and networking equipment that improves connectivity, interoperability, logistics and maintenance support to Soldiers, and is available for use by all DOD and federal agencies.
CHS gains efficiencies by coordinating across programs and leveraging common configurations.
CHS staff examines schedules to determine when each program is planning to make hardware procurements and consolidates those requirements with other program offices that are making similar purchases during the same time frame.
Part of the goodness of CHS is that we can leverage multiple orders over a period of time for the same equipment.
If you’re ordering large quantities of a particular hardware configuration item, GDMS can help to reduce the cost to programs tremendously, as opposed to every program buying individual server stacks.
In addition to reducing costs, a common configuration for the server stacks enhances communication among programs and eliminates the need for providing Soldiers with separate manuals and training.
Approximately 75,000 to 100,000 pieces of hardware are acquired through the contract from General Dynamics Mission Systems and its partners, which includes dozens of small and large businesses.
The contract contains a robust technology-insertion process ensuring the CHS-5 hardware baseline leverages the most current commercial technology and industry investments.
Additionally, the contract provides for technical assistance support services and logistics support for a wide range of services, from the rapid repair and replacement of equipment at strategically located Regional Support Centers to the deployment of field service personnel to CHS-5 user locations worldwide.
“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.”
The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract consists of a three-year base contract with two one-year options, for a maximum potential contract ceiling of $3.9 billion.
General Dynamics Mission Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.
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