DRS Gets $396M Order for Blue Force Tracker Computers
In June 2006, DRS Tactical Systems unit in Melbourne, FL announced a multi-year $396 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract to provide rugged Applique Computer Systems and peripheral equipment for the U.S. Army’s Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below (FBCB2 – and see video) program.
FBCB2 is more commonly known to the public as “Blue Force Tracker,” though that is only part of the system. DID has covered Blue Force Tracker and its profound implications for land warfare before.
Feb 19/08: DRS Tactical Systems, Inc. in Melbourne, FL receives a $48.2 million firm-fixed price contract for JV-5 FBCB2 computer systems on an urgency basis to PM Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2). The work will be performed at Melbourne, FL, with an estimated completion date of Jan 09/09. One bid was solicited, with one bid received by the CECOM Acquisition Center in Fort Monmouth, NJ (W15P7T-06-J405).
June 12/06: DRS announces the contract from the U.S. Army’s Communication-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command (CELCMC) in Fort Monmouth, NJ. DRS will provide rugged Applique Computer Systems, including processor, display and keyboard units, as well as rugged solid-state hard disk drives and mission data loaders.
Under an initial $79.9 million order, product deliveries from DRS will commence in October 2006, and continue through July 6/07. See corporate release for more details.