DRS Technical Services and Hughes Network Systems have won positions on a potential $2.6 billion commercial satellite services contract with the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency and General Services Administration.
DISA said awardees will compete for task orders to provide agencies satellite bandwidth, teleport access, network management, equipment and engineering support.
The agencies awarded the potential five-year Custom Satellite Communications SATCOM Solutions contract, or CS2, through the Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition program.
DRS won an estimated $269 million Navy contract in April to help the branch operate Internet cafes and provide engineering for SATCOM systems.
Navy Rear Adm. David Simpson, DISA’s vice director, said a primary goal of FCSA is to align requirements of both defense and other federal agencies with contractors that address volume and whole of government needs in remote areas.
This set of awards is the final end-to-end service area for FCSA and completes the agency’s new business model, he added in the release.
Agencies use FCSA to acquire satellite services on an as-needed basis, said Mary Davie, acting commissioner of GSAGeneral Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service.
DISA said commercial satellite communications support disaster recovery teams, domestic emergency responders, the military, distance learning and remote access to global government networks.
GSAGeneral Services Administration and DISA formed the FCSA partnership in August 2009 so agencies could have a single vehicle to acquire satellite communications services.