Six Firms Win Army Radio Modernization Deal

Six companies have won a share of a 10-year, $1 billion contract to upgrade the Army's base radio communications.

The winning contractors include Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va.; E. F. Johnson Co., Waseca, Minn.; Engineered Systems Inc., Omaha, Neb.; M/A-COM Private Radio Systems Inc., Lynchburg, Va.; M/A-COM Inc., Lowell, Mass.; and Motorola Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.

The firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract was issued Sept. 28 by the Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J.

The contract will provide a vehicle through which the Army can modernize base radio communications to comply with policies set forth by the National Telecommunications Information Association, a Department of Commerce agency that advises the executive branch on telecommunications and IT issues.

The policies stated that agencies convert radio systems using existing wideband frequencies to those employing narrowband frequencies by 2008. With this contract, the companies will compete on task or delivery orders for narrowband land mobile radio systems, equipment and services.

According to the command, the competition was announced in March, and seven bids were received.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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