Hewlett-Packard (HP), a producer of computer hardware and other electronics, on Tuesday said it has been tapped by the U.S. Army to provide desktop computers, accessories and other related hardware as part of a multivendor, $5 billion contract over a decade, the Associated Press reports via BusinessWeek.com.
Among the additional vendors awarded the contract are Dell, the world’s leading producer of PCs, CDW and a half-dozen smaller firms, according to the AP.
The contract includes a three-year base period, three two-year option periods and a one-year option period, the AP reports.
Under the contract, the Army, the Department of Defense, foreign military sales, federal agencies and government contractors with the proper approval will be able to acquire an unspecified quantity of computer hardware and accessories from HP and the additional vendors, according to the AP.
The contract award was initially announced last spring, and the Army expects to place orders starting on Oct. 1, the AP reports.
In related news, an IBM-led consortium was awarded a contract worth as much as $135.8 million over 10 years to perform radio frequency identification (RFID) technology research for the U.S. military.
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