Army orders $21 million worth of rugged computers

Army orders $21 million worth of rugged computers

The Army has placed a $21.3 million order with DRS Technologies Inc. for rugged computers for its battlefield digitization initiative, the Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below program.

The portables will support units in Iraq. Installed on M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks and M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, the systems will support the Blue Force Tracking application the service uses to spot and track friendlies and enemies beyond the line of sight.

The Army's Communications-Electronics Command in Fort Monmouth, N.J., made the award, according to officials at the Parsippany, N.J., company. In June, the command awarded DRS a five-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract to provide FBCB2 systems. The contract has a $100 million ceiling.

The command placed a similar order last fall [see GCN story.]

The company's tactical systems unit in Palm Bay, Fla., will perform the work. The Army expects to begin receiving systems immediately. The company will ship computers through next February, DRS officials said.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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