Navy taps SAIC for force protection help

Aug. 30, 2010 at 1:06 PM
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MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Virginia's SAIC has been contracted to provide technical and engineering services to the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center-Atlantic.

The prime contract to support the center's Enhanced Tactical Automated Security System is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity award with a 1-year base period of performance, four 1-year options and a total value of more than $37 million if all options are exercised.

ETASS is a command-and-control platform that integrates a wide range of sensors and other technologies for a variety of force-protection missions. It includes standoff and perimeter-detection technology, immediate visual assessment, command-and-control display equipment and supporting power and communications infrastructures.

SAIC said the core elements are enhanced through the integration of ground-surveillance radars, fiber-optic sensors, thermal imagers and closed-circuit television cameras.

Under the contract, SAIC will help enhance the system by connecting a wider range of sensors and assessment devices, as well as command-and-control display element systems, into a more tightly integrated security framework.

"We look forward to expanding our relationship with this important customer by providing quality engineering and technical services in support of ETASS, helping ensure our warfighters have the technology they need to continue accomplishing their force protection mission," said John Thomas, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.

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