U.S. Army SMDC initiates $3 billion contract process

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) recently announced the eight indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) prime contractor awardees that it had chosen for the Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration (D3I) Domain 1 contract award. The eight companies met with USASMDC/ARSTRAT, along with the U.S. Army Contracting Command-Redstone, to kick off the task-order process for the High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) integrated system development.

The HEL TVD system is aimed at giving warfighters a cost-effective, high-energy laser weapon system to protect them from rockets, artillery, and mortars at fixed and semifixed locations.

Tom Webber, SMDC technical center acting director, stated: "After several years in the making we now have in place the largest acquisition ever awarded in the command. Domain 1, coupled with Domains 2 and 3, provides a flexible, streamlined and competitive acquisition mechanism that will enable SMDC/ARSTRAT to fully execute the breadth and depth of requirements across our core mission areas of space, missile defense, high altitude, and cyberspace."

D3I awardees learned about the basic contract terms, roles and responsibilities, general contract information, contract data requirements list, program status reviews, task order processes and overviews, and other critical information about the D3I process. The eight companies given the ability to bid on the SMDC/ARSTRAT contracts are BAE, Dynetics, KBRwyle, Northrop Grumman, QWK, Raytheon, SAIC, and Teledyne Brown Engineering. The contract provides for a total potential program ceiling value of more than $3 billion.

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