Army awards $5 billion satellite systems contract

The Army has awarded its five-year, $5 billion Worldwide Satellite Systems contract to six vendors.

The award winners include two large businesses'Boeing Co. and General Dynamics Corp.'and four small businesses: DataPath Inc. of Duluth, Ga.; D&SCI of Eatontown, N.J.; Globecomm Systems of Hauppauge, N.Y.; and TeleCommunications Systems Inc. of Annapolis, Md.

Under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, each vendor is required to provide turnkey commercial-satellite systems. The vendors will also provide the Army with associated support services for the satellite terminals, including all hardware, software, services and data to operate the terminals.

Both Defense and non-DOD agencies can order from the contract, Army officials said.

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