CSC Lands Lucrative Flight Simulator Deal with U.S. Army

The U.S. Army has awarded CSC with a firm, fixed price contract valued at up to $34 million, counting in the 6-month base period and ten one-year options.

Under the agreement, the Virginia-based consultancy will upgrade the Reconfigurable Collective Training Devices (RCTD) so that it can deliver a more accurate simulation of the OH-58D  Block 2 utility helicopter.

“Since the Reconfigurable Collective Training Devices reached full operational capability in 2007, the simulation technology has advanced and increased the fidelity of training,” said Alan B. Weakley, vice president and general manager of CSC’s North American Public Sector Defense Group. “These upgrades will allow the U.S. Army to conduct collective training missions, such as aviation exercises using the Block 2 configuration of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior aircraft.”

The $34 million deal is a modification to the original Flight School XXI contract that CSC landed in 2003.

The public sector is a big consumer of IT services, even more so now that lawmakers are finally starting to realize the devastating potential of cyber assaults on critical infrastructure and government websites.  In fact, President Obama administration’s recharged focus on this subject is one of the main reasons PwC decided to acquire Ray Group International.  News of the acquisition emerged this week.

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