Pentagon names 8 companies to support $7.2B electronics program
- By Kevin McCaney
- Apr 01, 2016
The Pentagon plans to spend up to $7.2 billion over the next dozen years to upgrade old and/or unreliable electronics through the Defense Department.
The Defense Microelectronics Activity has awarded contracts to eight companies for the work under the Advanced Technology Support Program IV (ATSP4) program. Under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract, the companies will compete for work in solving problems with “obsolete, unreliable, unmaintainable, underperforming, or incapable electronics hardware and software,” according to a DOD announcement.
The goal is to apply advanced technology insertions and applications to raise the performance levels of those electronics components to DOD’s needs for quick reaction capability.
ATSP4 is designed to give DOD components quick access to technical expertise on microelectronics engineering, expertise on government contracting and targeted technical solutions. Its customers include all of the military services, other DOD components, the Intelligence Community and non-military agencies such as NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The eight companies awarded contract are:
- Lockheed Martin
- BAE Systems Information & Electronic Systems Integration
- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
- Northrop Grumman Systems
- Aeroflex Colorado Springs
- Honeywell International
All work on the contract’s task orders is expected to be completed by the end of March 2028.
Kevin McCaney is a former editor of Defense Systems and GCN.