The US Army has awarded a 10-year contract worth up to $2bn to General Dynamics to provide IT products to the US government.
The contract creates a catalogue of IT products from a variety of suppliers with prices negotiated by the defence technology company and the Army. The product list and prices will be updated throughout the life of the contract.
The products include both conventional IT products as well as "rugged" products, adapted to withstand severe weather conditions and to operate in difficult places, such as battlefields.
The most likely buyers of these products will be US Department of Defense agencies, such as the Army, the Marine Corps and the Air Force, but all other federal agencies are also eligible to purchase from this catalogue.
The contract is called the Army's Common Hardware/Software III (CHS-3) and includes a broad variety of IT products, such as PCs, handheld devices, networking equipment, commercial software, application development tools and printers.
Juan Carlos Perez writes for IDG News Service