NOAA Awards IBM Potential $502M IDIQ for Supercomputing System

IBM (NYSE: IBM) has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract by the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) that is worth up to $502 million.

The contract has a maximum length of 10 years with a five-year base period, a three-year option period and a two-year transition option.

According a 2010 proposal released by the NOAA, the contract will be for a weather and climate operational supercomputing system, which is expected to replace the National Weather Service’s current supercomputers located in Camp Springs, Md.

In 2002, NOAA awarded a nine year, $224.4 million contract to IBM to lease one of the company’s supercomputers, which was used to improve weather, flood and climate forecasts.

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