Thales, General Dynamics Awarded DHS TacCom Contracts (6/19/12)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded Thales Communications and General Dynamics contracts to provide public-safety and tactical communications products to DHS under its new Tactical Communications (TacCom) program.
Through this multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) program, DHS will quickly procure tactical radio equipment and other products and services. The two-year program has three option years and a potential ceiling value of $3 billion for all awardees.
DHS will use the equipment to support reliable and interoperable public-safety communications for its missions, including border protection, customs enforcement, drug interdiction, and emergency response to natural and man-made disasters.
“Communications for DHS agencies that interoperate with all first responders is critical to protecting national security and supporting local governments during disasters,” said Michael Sheehan, president and CEO of Thales Communications. “Thales is positioned to offer DHS, through the TacCom program, the critical multiband band, multimission radio equipment it needs to keep America safe, while offering the greatest value to taxpayers.”
In addition to DHS, other federal agencies, including the Departments of Interior, State, and Justice, and the White House Communications Agency, can use the TacCom IDIQ contract vehicle to acquire the multiband radios.
Through the contract, General Dynamics will deliver a full array of infrastructure and services to DHS and its partner agencies, departments and components. Specifically, the company may engineer, design and install communications systems and provide key infrastructure components such as repeaters, routers, towers, generators and shelters. General Dynamics may also manage software upgrades, equipment testing, spectrum analysis and frequency management functions, as well as provide operations and maintenance support for mobile radio and base station installations.
“General Dynamics is committed to delivering superior communications capabilities to the Department of Homeland Security through this program," said Jerry DeMuro, executive vice president of General Dynamics’ Information Systems and Technology group. “We will leverage General Dynamics’ unique experience working with the department and our legacy of providing tactical communications and infrastructure systems for national-security missions to meet Homeland Security’s critical requirements.”
This contract was awarded to General Dynamics One Source, a joint venture of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, General Dynamics C4 Systems and General Dynamics Information Technology.
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