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Electronics - General | Fuel & Power | Other Equipment - Land | Small Business | USA

US Military Issues Its FY 2011 Battery Buys

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BA-5390 battery(click to view larger) If it moves on the battlefield, it needs power. Power often means batteries, in various sizes and shapes. Thermal weapon sights. Soldiers’ radios. Laser rangefinders. Missile targeting systems. Ground robots. On and on, and on. They’re frequently on the soldiers, which is creating weight problems due to the number of spares they have to carry. Until that problem is solved, however, batteries are required and will be carried, packed in vehicles and robots, and otherwise taken where they’re needed. That’s why the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in Columbus, OH recently issued firm-fixed-price, indefinite quantity contracts for batteries, on behalf of the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. These were total set-aside contracts for small businesses, and the DLA solicited 5 proposals, receiving 3 responses. The contracts appear to be a multiple-award buy, with competition for each delivery order, running for a year until Sept 26/11. Veteran-owned small business qualifier Bren-tronics Inc. in Commack, NY wins a maximum $84.2 million contract (SPM7LX-10-D-7153). Woman-owned small business qualifier Mathews Associates in Sanford, FL wins a maximum $84.2 million contract (SPM7LX-10-D-7154).

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