Common Hardware Systems
Common Hardware Systems (CHS) acquires and supports sustainment of highly flexible, cost effective, common, and simplified non-developmental, commercial information technology solutions that improve interoperability and connectivity on the battlefield while garnering efficient competition to enable the latest commercial technology solutions to meet tactical/operational requirements.
CHS coordinates across tactical programs providing consolidated procurement and sustainment support of modified commercial off the shelf information technology. The program portfolio ensures configuration and obsolescence management by continually updating new contract items ensuring modern, emerging technologies resulting in over match capabilities for warfighters.
New this fiscal year is thefifth generation contract, referred to as CHS-5. The CHS-5 contract allows Army Weapon System Programs to rapidly buy commercial information technology (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 information technology (IT) hardware for the Army’s tactical network.
The contract is a Single Award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract having a fiveyear Period of Performance, with a $3.9 billion ceiling, for the rapid procurement of total life cycle 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 CHS5 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.
Other enhancements for CHS-5 include 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.