DARPA awards $111m deal for tech services

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has signed a five-year, $111 million seat management and services contract with RS Information Systems Inc.

RSIS of McLean, Va., will furnish IT services and infrastructure systems for the agency. The contract expands on work RSIS has done for the agency over the last five years.

Because the agreement is performance-based, DARPA establishes standards and optimal levels of service the company must meet to receive payment. The contract includes service-level objectives that can be changed to meet shifting IT capabilities and technologies, said RSISresident and CEO Rodney P. Hunt in a statement.

Army awards contract for battlefield intel support

The Army has awarded DRS Technologies Inc. a contract worth $396 million to deliver rugged computer systems and peripheral equipment for an Army program designed to give forces better battlefield intelligence.

DRS Technologies will begin work on a $79.9 million task order under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for the Army's Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below program.

The Army's Communication-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command in Fort Monmouth, N.J., awarded the contract.

The company's DRS Tactical Systems unit in Melbourne, Fla., will furnish rugged Appliqu' Computer Systems, including processor, display and keyboard units as well as rugged solid-state hard disk drives and mission data loaders.

Installed on more than 40 vehicle types, as well as Tactical Operations Centers and other command post platforms, DRS'systems support the Army's Blue Force Tracking requirements.

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