General Dynamics names nine partner suppliers for $3.9 billion CHS-5 C…


COTS rugged computersFAIRFAX, Va. – General Dynamics Missions Systems in Fairfax, Va., has named nine rugged computer companies as partners in the U.S. Army-General Dynamics $3.9 billion five-year Common Hardware Systems 5th Generation (CHS-5) project to provide U.S. warfighters with rugged commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computers and networking equipment modified for military operations.

Officials of the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., announced a $3.9 billion five-year contract to General Dynamics on Wednesday for the CHS-5 project to provide the U.S. military with rapid and affordable access to COTS computers and network equipment modified for military operations.

General Dynamics partners will supply a variety of ruggedized portable computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, printers, networking equipment, and other ruggedized electronics to help fulfill General Dynamics contractual obligations to the Army.

There are nine rugged computer equipment manufacturers considered to be most important for the General Dynamics CHS-5 program. More companies may be named later. The General Dynamics CHS-5 partner contractors are:

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— Cisco Systems in San Jose, Calif.;
— Dell in Round Rock, Texas;
— DRS Land Electronics in Melbourne, Fla.;
— Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in Palo Alto, Calif.;
— Hewlett Packard Inc. in Palo Alto, Calif.;
— Intellipower Inc. in Orange, Calif.;
— Miltope Corp. in Hope Hull, Ala.;
— NetApp in Sunnyvale, Calif.; and
— RITEC Inc. in Simi Valley, Calif.

CHS is to be a one-stop-shop for tactical information technology (IT) hardware solutions supporting more than 120 Army and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) program offices, including the Navy and the Marine Corps.

The program involves the rapid acquisition and delivery of COTS IT hardware and services. About 75,000 to 100,000 pieces of hardware are acquired through the contract from General Dynamics and its partners, which includes dozens of small and large businesses, General Dynamics officials say.

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The project seeks to put the most advanced and up-to-date COTS computer hardware and software into the hands of U.S. warfighters and other government computer users. The idea is to buy in quantity to keep costs as low as possible, while acquiring the most advanced technologies.

CHS is to provide state-of-the-art computing and networking equipment that improves connectivity, interoperability, logistics, and maintenance support to Soldiers. The goal is to reduce procurement and fielding time without compromising quality.

For more information on the CHS-5 contract contact General Dynamics Mission Systems online at, or the Army Contracting Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground at

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