Release: # 11-107
Release: September 9, 2011
Contact: Kyle Bond
Phone: 443.395.6489



ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) has awarded a $45.7 million contract covering installation kits for the Army's most broadly fielded family of radios.

The five-year, firm fixed price (FFP), indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract was awarded to Centron Industries, Inc., on Aug. 19. Centron, based in Carson, CA, is classified as a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The contract allows the Army to procure vehicular installation kits, installation hardware, cabling, and other ancillary items for the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), the Enhanced Position Location System (EPLRS), and the Frequency Hopping Multiplexer (FHMUX).

SINCGARS is the primary voice control radio system for Soldiers at battalion level and below, available for ground (manpack), airborne and vehicular use. SINCGARS also forms the network backbone for fire support, enabling data exchange by units such as field artillery, who require digital firing information in order to accurately engage their targets. There are more than 580,000 radios in the SINCGARS fleet, including approximately 430,000 of the smaller, lighter Advanced System Improvement Program (ASIP) radio variety.

"This award will enhance our ability to continue fielding valuable products to Soldiers in various National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty units," said David Mandley, the Army's technical lead for SINCGARS. "It will enable them to have their full complement of key SINCGARS communications capabilities."

EPLRS is a digital network radio system that provides the backbone for the terrestrial version of Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2), which allows Soldiers in tactical vehicles to track one another's whereabouts over a computerized topographical map so they can synchronize operations and avoid fratricide. In restrictive terrain that requires beyond-line-of-site communications, such as Afgahanistan, the satellite version, FBCB2/Blue Force Tracking is utilized..

SINCGARS and EPLRS are expected to be in use for the next 20 to 30 years, and will interoperate with the next-generation Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS).

The FHMUX reduces the number of antennas needed for communications transmission and reduces interference between multiple radios in close proximity.

About the Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T)

The PEO C3T provides Soldiers with the computer systems, radios and communications networks they require to succeed in full-spectrum operations. The organization develops, acquires and fields to all Army units a range of products including specialized software applications, generators, radios, computers, servers and communications systems; and integrates these separate systems together so they can function seamlessly. These systems allow commanders on the battlefield to share information and collaborate more effectively, increasing mission success and savings lives. The PEO also provides on-site training and support for the systems worldwide. The Program Executive Officer for C3T is Brig. Gen. N. Lee S. Price.

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Release: # 11-107
Release: September 9, 2011
Contact: Kyle Bond
Phone: 443.395.6489

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