April 12 (UPI) -- BAE Systems received a contract to research and develop new space and missile defense technologies for the U.S. Army, the company announced Wednesday.
The enterprise is one of eight contractors to compete for the $3 billion indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity deal. It was awarded by the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, or SMDC/ARSTRAT.
Under the agreement, BAE Systems will explore next-generation software and hardware applications for high-altitude defense projects.
"We've had a long-standing and successful relationship with SMDC," BAE Systems' DeEtte Gray said in a press release. "We're committed to helping the Army develop the new technologies it needs to gain a greater tactical edge on the battlefield and accomplish a wide array of complex missions."
In addition to research and development, tasks will include integration, testing and small-scale prototype production. BAE Systems adds prototypes and subsystems will also be examined in laboratory and field environments.