Army looks to GSA for fast purchase of vehicle radios

The Army might turn to the General Services Administration to fill an urgent need to outfit a brigade combat team scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan in 2013 with commercially developed, vehicle-mounted radios, NextGov reports.

The service said in a May 14 contract notification that it will consider purchasing the equipment through GSA as a "contingency bridge" to field the Soldier Radio Waveform vehicle radios to one of three brigade combat teams scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan next year while it refines a formal solicitation for an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract that could cover the purchase of 5,000 radios.

Army leaders said that feedback from the 2011 Network Integration Evaluation indicated that the radios serve as a much-needed communications bridge between forward-deployed troops and brigade tactical operations centers, according to the story.

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