ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., July 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army announced a solicitation of the defense contractor community for proposals that streamline the threat detection technology development cycle.
The solicitation for proposals came from the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Contracting Center. The request is for proposals that will streamline the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive defense development cycle.
Officials say the new contract vehicle is worth $485 million and is part of an effort to support the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center Army research installation in Maryland.
"This new contract mechanism will give RDECOM, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and client organizations the flexibility to acquire a very broad range of contract support from basic laboratory research through CBRNE defense systems design acquisition, engineering, development and testing," Charles Comaty RDECOM CC representative, said in a statement.
"It will allow larger firms to bid but it will also feature a small business set-aside that will provide opportunities for smaller firms to compete for contracts."