SAIC Receives a $655M Air Force Contract for Ground Infrastructure Support Services

SAIC Receives a $655M Air Force Contract for Ground Infrastructure Support Services

The Department of Defense said that SAIC would carry current SMC systems throughout the Enterprise Ground Services transition and build-out projects. The work will be carried out at Schriever AFB in Colorado and Kirtland AF Base in New Mexico through July 2, 2027

FREMONT, CA: Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has once again secured a $655 million contract from the U.S. Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center. The grant was awarded to SAIC for its satellite ground systems services that it had originally won in January 2019, and was successfully protested by Peraton. The center received a total of five proposals for the indefinite-quantity contract/indefinite-delivery through a competitive acquisition process, out of which SAIC emerged out as most competitive company to get the contract.

U.S. Air Force inked the contract for a program known as EDIS (engineer, develop, integrate and sustain), Space and Missile Systems Center's ground system infrastructure. The contractor will update satellite ground systems at New Mexico's Kirtland Air Force Base, and Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

The Department of Defense said that SAIC would carry current SMC systems throughout the Enterprise Ground Services transition and build-out projects. The work will be carried out at Schriever AFB in Colorado and Kirtland AF Base in New Mexico through July 2, 2027.

Initially, the contract was awarded to Engility Corp. by the military service officially. Engility was later acquired by SAIC for a $2.5B all-stock deal. In March 2019, Peraton filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office challenging that Engility did not meet requirements for small business participation. Peraton also alleged that SMC's evaluation of the proposals was not transparent. Peraton's protest was sustained in June 2019, and as a result of which SMC conducted a new competition. SAIC again emerged as the top player in February 2020 and became eligible for the contract.

There is a five years contract plus two one-year options. "The EDIS acquisition will also provide integration assistance for ground system prototyping and pathfinding efforts in support of the next-generation of space warfighting capabilities," the statement issued by SAIC said.

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