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General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) has received a single-award contract from the US Air Force (USAF) to provide technical operations support to the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing (480 ISRW).

With a potential value of $217m, the contract includes a nine-month base period and seven one-year options. It also comes with a possible six-month extension.

The contract will allow GDIT to continue its services as the sole network support provider for the airforce’s distributed common ground system (AF DCGS), also known as the AN/GSQ-272 SENTINEL.

AF DCGS is a USAF weapon system that plans, collects, processes, exploits, analyses and disseminates intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data.

The system’s global communications architecture connects multiple intelligence platforms, US Department of Defense networks and sensors, as well as supports combatant commanders worldwide.

Airmen assigned to AF DCGS use data collected by sensors on the U-2, RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and other ISR platforms to deliver actionable intelligence.

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GDIT Defense Division senior vice-president Leigh Palmer said: “We are excited to continue our strong legacy providing expert engineering and technology solutions for the airforce.

“GDIT’s team developed and implemented the initial design for this global network. We will leverage this expertise to maintain current network technology while seamlessly modernising the airforce’s global network into a next-generation posture.”

“We are excited to continue our strong legacy providing expert engineering and technology solutions for the airforce.”

GDIT will provide a range of services, including network administration, engineering, information assurance and computer network defence to the AF DCGS Operations Center.

Tasks under this award also include systems administration, project management and C4ISR engineering of 480 ISRW’s information technology assets from the network and enterprise level.

The 480 ISRW is responsible for global ISR operations within the AF DCGS weapon system.

Operational tasks of the wing include providing time-sensitive, multiple-source intelligence data and products.

AF DCGS is deployed in support of operations led by the UN, Nato, and US operations worldwide.