Contract modification keeps US Marines connected

General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $19.5 million modification to its Tactical Data Network/Digital Technical Control contract by the US Marine Corps Systems Command.

General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $19.5 million modification to its Tactical Data Network/Digital Technical Control (TDN/DTC) contract by the US Marine Corps Systems Command.

Under terms of this contract modification, General Dynamics will upgrade the Marine Corps’ Data Distribution System (formerly called the TDN Server) by installing RAID-5 memory capability to selected units, allowing recovery of data in the event of disc drive failures, and by adding server capacity to Major Subordinate Command systems.

The modification also provides for additional training and field support to Marine users in California and North Carolina. Options to outfit the remainder of the data distribution servers were included to be exercised as additional budget funds become available.

The TDN/DTC contract originally was awarded in January 1999 for $52 million. Since then options have been exercised to purchase additional systems, bringing the total value to more than $138 million, including this award.

The Data Distribution System is said to provide unclassified and classified data communications capability over local area networks, Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) radios and the Tri-Tac tactical switched telephone network. It enables users to share files and use email, and provides transparent routing of digital messages between the local area networks, switched telephone networks, and single and multi-channel radio subnetworks.

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