Common Hardware Systems (CHS) 6 Contract Available for Use

By Bridget LynchNovember 2, 2023

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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (November 2, 2023) –The Common Hardware Systems-6 (CHS) next-generation prime contract for the rapid procurement of information technology (IT) hardware solutions is up and running.

The CHS-6 contract is the Army’s next iteration in providing Army and Joint program offices, operational units and other government agencies with rapid procurement of standard and emerging Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) hardware and services in support of tactical and operational requirements. The 10-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, which was awarded to Leidos, has a base period of performance of four years with two 3-year options, making continuity of services a priority.

“CHS has supported the U.S. Army for over 35 years. With CHS-6, we have built upon that legacy and made improvements to ensure Soldiers have access to the latest commercial IT equipment, at a lower cost, and with more responsive sustainment options,” said Mr. Mike Hartley, Product Lead for CHS, Project Manager Interoperability, Integration & Services (PM I2S).

CHS supplies highly flexible, cost-effective, common, and simplified non-developmental, commercial information technology (IT) solutions, processing hundreds of delivery orders for thousands of pieces of equipment per year.

From receipt of requirements to award of a corresponding delivery order for a supported program, CHS averages a 90-day processing time with an expedited capability available to meet urgent needs. In an average year, it’s estimated between 75,000 to 100,000 pieces of hardware will be acquired off the contract from approximately 200 small and large businesses.

CHS-6 also offers additional flexibilities in terms of services and price structure. Items paid with Government purchase cards are now accepted as payment and, if used, will receive a one percent discount off CHS catalog pricing. Additionally, quantity discounts aggregate for all orders that are awarded in the same calendar year. While many standard CHS-5 features are still available through CHS-6, these items will be separately priced, including design and engineering services and bonded storage.

The initial CHS 6 catalog is now available for customer use. To view a list of offerings, visit: