DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced that it received $36.9 million in multiple follow-on delivery orders from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Natick Contracting Division, Natick, MA to provide over 1,600 Joint Service Transportable Decontamination Systems, Small Scale (JSTDS-SS) for use by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.
The orders are part of an $84 Million five-year IDIQ Contract with the Chemical & Biological Defense Joint Program Executive Office in Falls Church, VA and fulfills the U.S. Army's Acquisition Objective for the JSTDS-SS, or the Army designated M26 Decontamination system.
The work will be executed by the company's DRS Environmental Systems business unit in Florence, Kentucky with completion expected in Dec 2012. As part of the order and overall contract, DRS will also provide logistics support, including training services for maintenance, support equipment and key personnel training.
The JSTDS-SS is used to support operational and thorough decontamination of non-sensitive military material and various facilities that have been exposed to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) warfare agents/contamination or toxic industrial materials. Limited facility decontamination can include logistics bases, airfields, naval ships, ports, key command and control centers, and numerous fixed facilities.
"For the past five years our dedicated team has been committed in building a critical capability against CBRN threats," says Roger Sexauer, president of DRS Power and Environmental Systems Group. "As we begin execution of these final orders under our current contract, we are honored to have provided U.S land forces with these rugged JSTDS-SS units to enhance their operational capability."
The JSTDS-SS is a replacement for the M17 Lightweight Decontamination System and is transportable by platforms capable of being operated in close proximity to combat operations off-road or over any terrain. The JSTDS-SS system consists of an applicator and accessories, uses water from any source, and is easily operated by one person. It is more robust, easier to use, and more reliable than the M17.
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