TRW names subcontractors for Army Appliqu'+ V4 deal

TRW names subcontractors for Army Appliqu'+ V4 deal

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

FEB. 15—TRW Inc. officials have selected Litton Data Systems of San Diego and Paravant Inc. of Melbourne, Fla., to provide more than 6,000 vehicle-mounted, ruggedized computers for the Army this year, the subcontractors announced yesterday.

The III Corps 4th Infantry Division and the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, will use the Appliqu'+ V4 computers under the Army's Digitization Master Schedule.

Litton Data Systems and Paravant's selection followed an 11-month evaluation period.

Army officials plan to install more than 59,500 Appliqu'+ V4 systems during the next 11 years. They will run the TRW-developed Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below software, which is based on Sun Microsystems Solaris X86, said Brig. Gen. Steve Boutelle, the program executive officer for command, control and communications systems at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

The Applique subcontracts, or Army Low Rate Initial Production contracts, are each worth $13 million a year. Installations will take place over the next 3 years.

The Army has received congressional funding for 6,000 Appliqu'+ V4 computers in this year's budget, and the price per computer cannot exceed $25,000, Boutelle said. Each system's kit and cables will account for about half the cost, he said.

TRW gave the subcontractors permission to announce their selection, said Linda Javier, a company spokeswoman who confirmed the choices.


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