$34.4M Contract for Bradley A3 Embedded Diagnositics & Upgrades (updated)
DRS Test and Energy Management Inc. in Huntsville, AL received a delivery order of $22.9 million as the initial part of a $34.4 million firm-fixed-price contract for chassis modernization/ embedded diagnostics kits for the Bradley A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles. Work will be performed in Huntsville, AL; Product deliveries are expected to begin in June 2007 and continue through March 2008. This was a sole source contract initiated on Nov. 15, 2005 by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Rock Island, IL (DAAE20-03-G-0001).
The A3 is the fully digitized version of the Bradley Fighting Vehicles. With respect to these upgrades…
For this initial award, DRS will manufacture Chassis Modernization and Embedded Diagnostics (CMED) Retrofit Kits. As DRS notes in an update release:
“The kits will provide currently fielded Bradley A3 vehicles with substantially upgraded weapon systems capability, an integrated, real-time, embedded diagnostics capability and increased reliability, reducing the logistics footprint and lowering operating and support costs. The CMED systems are applicable to the entire fleet of Bradley Fighting Vehicles.”
“the entire fleet of Bradley Fighting Vehicles” would also include the M3A3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicles which carry a smaller complement of troops and are slated for scout roles, though the DRS release mentioned only M2A3 versions specifically.
Work for this order will be accomplished by the company’s DRS Test & Energy Management unit in Huntsville, Alabama. Product deliveries are expected to begin in June 2007 and continue through March 2008.
For the larrger contract, DRS will also deliver transducer sensor kits, cable modification kits, Driver Vision Enhancer (DVE) kits, Digital Vehicle Distribution Box (DVDB) embedded diagnostics and video integration kits, new Driver Display Panels (DDPs), steering column modifications and common display panel kits for existing M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicles.