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Army Releasing $5.1B Tactical Communications RFP in June

The U.S. Army plans to release by June 30 a final request for proposal for GTACS II, a 10-year, $5.1 billion information technology hardware and services contract to help construct a unified tactical network, according to a May 4 agency announcement.

GTACS II will deliver voice and data communications to soldiers on the battlefield. GTACS II, short for Global Tactical Advanced Communication Systems II, will provide services including systems engineering; hardware and software engineering, software development, program management and analysis, supply change management, and on-site engineering support.

A presolicitation industry day was held in March 2016 and a draft RFP was released in August 2017.

GTACS, the predecessor to GTACS II, has generated $704 million for 18 companies since fiscal 2013.

Two large businesses, DataPath Inc. ($219 million) and Comtech Telecommunications Corp. ($172 million), together account for over half of the total spending that has flowed through GTACS. Both have more than twice the obligations of any of the next three vendors, CACI International Inc. ($70.9 million), Leidos Holdings Inc. ($64.8 million), and Raytheon Co. ($63.9 million). Of the 18 companies on GTACS, five are small businesses and have accounted for $87 million in spending.

What’s Ahead

Just like GTACS, GTACS II will predominately cover IT hardware and offer some support services. Bloomberg Government’s analysis of the incumbent contract product service codes shows about 70 percent, or $494 million, of the $703 million has been for products.

The Army is planning about 16 awards, with eight set aside for small businesses. Clients interested in submitting a bid can click here to review the 61 orders totaling $703 million that have flowed through GTACS.

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