$70.8M to Enhance US Army Prophets
General Dynamics C4 Systems Inc. in Scottsdale, AZ received a $70.8 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity with firm-fixed-price contract.
This “face” value is based on the expected aggregate value of orders issued over the contract’s 6-year life. The basic contract and first delivery order cover 37 Prophet Enhanced (PE) B-Kits, 19 PE A-Kits, and associated spares. That initial order also provides quality management services, non-recurring engineering and first article testing and refurbishment. Work will be performed in Melbourne, FL (66%), Scottsdale, AZ (14%), San Diego, CA (12%), Huntsville, AL (0.5%), and Fairfax, VA (0.5%), with an estimated completion date of Feb 28/15. Bids were solicited on the Worldwide Web with 3 bids received by the CECOM Acquisition Center in Fort Monmouth, NJ (W15P7T-09-D-W401).
Prophet, which is being developed under the Army Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S), is is a lightweight tactical signals intelligence and electronic warfare system designed to support the US Army division and brigade forces…
Prophet will be the Army’s primary tactical ground signal intelligence/electronic warfare (SIGINT/EW) platform, and the HMMWV-mounted Prophet also has a dismounted manpack SIGINT version. It operates in stationary mode and on the move, and the 20 feet communications mast is erectable in less than 2 minutes vs. 2-3 hours for legacy systems. According to US military, the Prophet’s frequency coverage is a 10x improvement over current ground-based EW systems.
While the U.S. Marines use separate ground platforms for EW and electronic surveillance, Prophet uses one platform for the full tasking. The Prophet is replacing aging AN/TSQ-138 Trailblazer, AN/TRQ-32 Teammate, AN/TLQ-17A Trafficjam, and the AN/PRD-12 systems, and its procurement program is structured in five Blocks. Blocks IV and V will apply to the US Army Objective Force/Future Combat Systems requirements.
The US Army plans to procure around 80 Prophet Electronic Warfare (EW) systems, whose main contractor is L-3 Communications/Titan. Each division will be equipped with 6 Prophets, cavalry armored regiments will have 4, Stryker-equipped IBCTs will have 3, and independent brigades will have 2 Prophets.