US: DRS Technologies’ C4ISR group has been awarded a contract by the Army Contacting Command in Picatinny, New Jersey, to provide engineering services for electronic testing, measurement and diagnosis under a US Army indefinite-delivery and indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract with a maximum value of USD249.9 million. The company is one of six defense contractors that will share tasks assigned by the Army during the five-year term of the IDIQ agreement.
Many of the tasks are expected to deal with repair of so-called black boxes, electronic units integral to the operation of a wide variety of military equipment. The functions of a faulty unit are tested to determine which circuit cards need replacement. According to the company’s press release, the approach allows the Army to stock relatively inexpensive circuit cards instead of returning malfunctioning units to the manufacturer for refurbishment, a much more costly and time-consuming alternative.
“This award shows the Army’s continued trust in and commitment to DRS test solutions. Through partnership with the Army, our teammates and the US Department of Defense, we offer the highest-quality engineering services to achieve maximum equipment readiness in support of our warfighters,” said Tim Smith, Vice President and General Manager of the C4ISR’s Network Computing and Test Solutions group.