The DRS Tactical Systems business unit of product provider DRS Technologies, Inc. received a cost-plus fixed-fee award for the development of an ultra-rugged handheld device for the U.S. Army’s Joint Battle Command – Platform program, one of two companies selected for the contract.
The award, received from the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., will enable DRS to develop a communications solution for dismounted situational awareness requirements for soldiers and Marines. The handheld system must include an ultra-rugged computing device, software, suite B security, and have the ability to support various communications solutions for use by soldiers and Marines in the field.
“We are pleased in being selected to develop a system that puts critical network connectivity and situational awareness right in the hands of our soldiers and Marines,” said Mike Sarrica, vice president and general manager of DRS Tactical Systems.”This program will demonstrate the advantage of a government-industry team that leverages the speed, cost-effectiveness and innovations of the commercial market, and makes them available as a capability to meet the mission command requirements of Joint Battle Command -Platform.”
DRS has a long history of providing technical products to military forces, including to the U.S. Army’s Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below program and the U.K.’s BOWMAN integrated battlefield communications system program.