The US Army has selected Northrop Grumman and its partner DHS Systems to provide mobile tactical operations centers that can be rapidly deployed for command, control and communications on the battlefield.
Under the Army’s Standardized Integrated Command Post Systems (SICPS) family of Trailer Mounted Support System (TMSS) contract, Northrop Grumman and DHS Systems will produce, integrate and deliver suites of tents, trailers and command posts complete with climate control and power for lighting, computers and large screen displays.
The systems are being fielded to Army brigade combat teams, including troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems sector, as the prime contractor, will be responsible for program management and integrated logistics support.
The companies will share responsibility for testing and mission assurance. The Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL, awarded Northrop Grumman a 60-month contract and opened the first ordering period for systems.
TMSS is potentially valued at $240 M, with the Army expected to place four additional orders over the next five years. The TMSS medium and large Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH) systems, manufactured by DHS Systems, provide up to 1100 square feet of usable space and can be set up in less than 40 minutes. Northrop Grumman produces the command post portion that completes the SICPS TMSS suite. “We are pleased to be able to partner with a great company like DHS to meet this critical need of our Army,” said Kelley G. Zelickson, sector vice president and deputy general manager of the sector’s Command and Control System Division.