US Army picks DataPath to support Global Tactical Advanced Communications Systems II vehicle
The US Army has selected DataPath to support its $5.1bn Global Tactical Advanced Communications Systems II (GTACS II) vehicle.
GTACS II covers information technology (IT) services and hardware to support the tactical communications network development for the US Army.
Work is expected to occur until 5 January 2030.
DataPath CEO and executive chairman David McDonald said: “DataPath is excited to be included on the army’s Global Tactical Advanced Communications Systems II contract.
The award includes software and hardware engineering, programme management and analysis, systems engineering and supply chain management.
DataPath will continue to provide solutions to the US Army, including Portable SATCOM Antenna Systems, Transportable Hubs, towable SATCOM Transportable Terminals, and professional services.
The company will also offer MaxView Network Management Systems and MaxDefense Cybersecurity solutions.
What is GTACS II?
Global Tactical Advanced Communications Systems II (GTACS II) is multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for the rapid acquisition of a wide range of tactical C3T, hardware, software, engineering services, logistics support services, test and system related support.
The goal of GTACS II is to establish a set of qualified vendors who can quickly respond to requests for proposals on delivery and task orders, which could potentially be awarded in 120 days versus nine months for the original GTACS contract, enabling the Army to get capabilities to the field at an accelerate pace.
This decreased timeline will be enabled by efforts such as standardizing documentation and processes to significantly decrease review cycles and a one team approach to the entire contracting process.
Defence Insight Analysis
DataPath is one of the 22 companies that secured the contract from the US Army in January 2020. Other companies include Advanced Technology Systems, Boeing, CopaSat, Envistacom, GATR Technologies, Kratos Technology & Training Solutions, and Nexagen Network.
Quantum Research International, Serco, STS International, and Ultisat are also among those supporting GTACS II.