REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Jan. 25, 2018) -- The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center renewed a contract with Georgia Tech for Department of Defense research Jan. 18. The research will be performed by Georgia Tech Research Institute, a DOD University Affiliated Research Center.

The Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract is for five years, with a renewal option for an additional five years. The contract renewal has a total ceiling of $2.35 billion over the ten-year period. An IDIQ contract means provision for an indefinite quantity of supplies or services during a fixed period of time.

"This new, up to ten year UARC-based contract will continue a long partnership between the two organizations," said Systems Simulation, Software and Integration Director, Jeff Langhout. "This will be another important instrument to enable the Army and academia to collaborate and solve the Army's most challenging priorities including readiness and modernization."

GTRI first gained a UARC designation in 1995 based on its core competencies. The research to be performed during the contract include electromagnetics and materials technologies, systems engineering, modeling and simulation, threat systems research, sensors and weapon system analysis, cyber security, and test and evaluation.

The nonprofit, applied research division of the Georgia Institute of Technology, GTRI has more than 2,000 employees supporting eight laboratories in over 20 locations around the country, and performs more than $350 million of problem-solving research annually for government and industry.

The initial task order has been awarded, worth $14.8 million, to support the Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense System.

"This contract is available to all the DOD services in support of their missions," Langhout said. "I want to extend my personal 'thank you' to the Army Contacting Command- Redstone in their success of executing such a large contract in exactly one year."

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U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center is operationally aligned to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, and administratively aligned to the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. This joint alignment established a closely woven research, development, acquisition, and sustainment team to provide increased responsiveness to the nation's Warfighters. AMRDEC has the mission to deliver collaborative and innovative aviation and missile capabilities for responsive and cost-effective research, development and life cycle engineering solutions.