Common Hardware Systems-5 contract valued at $3.9 billion won by General Dynamics

FAIRFAX, Va. Officials at the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground tapped General Dynamics Missions Systems (GDMS) for the Common Hardware Systems-5 (CHS-5) Program. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract consists of a three-year base contract with two one-year options, for a maximum potential contract ceiling of $3.9 billion.

CHS is a "one stop shop" for tactical IT hardware solutions supporting Army and U.S. Department of Defense program offices for the rapid acquisition (orders typically on contract in 90 days or less) and delivery of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) IT hardware and services.

The contract contains a 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," says 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."