Common Hardware Systems
Common Hardware Systems (CHS) acquires and supports sustainment of highly flexible, cost-effective, common, and simplified non-developmental, commercial information technology (IT) solutions that improve interoperability and connectivity on the battlefield, while garnering efficient competition to enable the latest commercial technology solutions to meet tactical and operational requirements.
CHS coordinates across tactical programs providing consolidated procurement and sustainment support of commercial IT hardware, to include non-developmental and modified commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) items. The program portfolio ensures configuration and obsolescence management by continually updating new contract items ensuring modern, emerging technologies resulting in overmatch capabilities for warfighters.
The current CHS-5 contract allows Army weapon system programs to rapidly buy commercial IT equipment like laptops, servers, routers, switches and integrated solutions in large quantities and at discounted prices. CHS provides state-of-the-art computing and networking equipment that improves connectivity, interoperability, logistics and maintenance support to Soldiers, and the program is positioned as the Army’s primary organization to oversee commercial IT hardware for the Army’s tactical network.
The CHS-5 contract is a single award, indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract, with a five-year period of performance and $3.9 billion ceiling for the rapid procurement of total lifecycle system management solutions in support of tactical programs. From receipt of requirements to award of a corresponding delivery order for a supported program, CHS averages a 90-day processing time with an expedited capability available to meet urgent needs. The CHS- 5 contract requires the prime contractor to establish a public-private partnership with Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD), facilitating product support for programs procuring hardware via CHS-5 and having core logistics capability requirements. This partnership leverages TYAD and CHS innovation and resources providing the best value to the warfighter. The CHS-5 contract also provides the Government with an increased ability to perform supply chain risk management, critical functionality analysis of critical components, critical program information assessment and implementation of other protection measures contained in program protection plans. This contract feature strengthens the Army’s cybersecurity posture while protecting the tactical network.
The CHS-5 contract includes a pre-negotiated pricing schedule for the life of the contract; additional warranty options with up to eight years of coverage providing a 72-hour turnaround time; incentives to provide the lowest price hardware; and the ability to procure technical data packages based on competitive pricing.
- Rapid Acquisition: Centralized approach to contracting streamlines ordering process, reduces time between order and delivery, and allows for economies of scale in pricing.
- Systems Engineering: CHS provides direct customer support throughout the development of new capabilities, assists in the design of hardware configurations, facilitates hardware evaluations, and informs the selection of common hardware solutions.
- Lifecycle Management: CHS provides warranty options, failure analysis reporting, worldwide 72-hour repair, warranty/repair tracking, and assistance in receiving Army Organic Depot Maintenance.
- Configuration Management: CHS maintains the configuration of equipment for the life of the contract or until the product is going End-of-Life/End-of-Sale.
- End-of-Life Management: CHS coordinates with customers who previously procured items that have gone End-of-Life/End-of-Sale to determine continuing need for the item and identify a suitable replacement.
- Ruggedization: CHS provides modified commercial IT hardware for tactical/operational use. MIL-STD-810 testing of ruggedized products ensures product survivability in austere conditions.
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