Army awards General Dynamics $2 billion contract

A $2 billion Army contract to provide rugged computer workstations to the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force was awarded to a unit of General Dynamics Corp.

The 10-year Common Hardware/Software III contract provides tactical computer users with next-generation commercial and ruggedized workstations, associated hardware and software.

All other federal agencies are also eligible to purchase computer products and services under the contract, won by the Falls Church, Va., company's C4 Systems business unit, and announced today.

The unit is the incumbent contractor for the Army's CHS-2 contract, and is in the ninth year of that program. The total value of the CHS-2 contract, awarded in 1995, now stands at $888 million, the company said.

General Dynamics is teaming with Sun Microsystems Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif., and DRS Technologies Inc., Parsippany, N.Y.

At the time the contract award was announced, General Dynamics also received an initial $8.3 million delivery order which finances the packaging and qualification of new products to be offered.

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