Round 6: More awards for Air Force battle management system effort

The Air Force has made a sixth block of awards for its $950 million contract to build a new system for managing and distributing information in the battlefield.

The Air Force has made more additions to the group of companies that will work to help create a new system for gathering information from all systems and domains to then send to every platform.

Round number six of awards for the $950 million Advanced Battle Management System program sees 29 companies join the effort, according to the Defense Department’s Thursday awards digest.

ABMS is the Air Force’s primary means to stand up its Joint All Domain Command and Control concept, or JADC2, that is envisioned as an open architecture to incorporate new information and communications technologies.

The newest awardees are:

  • Black Sage Technologies
  • Clarity Innovations
  • Deloitte
  • Frontier Technology
  • Global Infotek
  • Government Research Specialists
  • Greystones Consulting Group
  • Hughes Network Systems
  • Hypergiant Galactic Systems
  • Kymeta
  • Mission Solutions
  • Net Vision Consultants
  • NXM Labs
  • Oracle
  • Parasanti
  • Plexsys Interface Products
  • Polysentry
  • Rackner
  • Research Innovations
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Saab Sensis
  • Scientific Systems
  • Sliceup
  • Software AG Government Solutions
  • Spectral Sensor Solutions
  • Systems & Technology Research
  • Umbra Lab
  • XL Scientific
  • Yakabod Federal Solutions

With those selections, the number of companies involved in the ABMS piece grows to 134.

The most recent round (fifth) of awards went to 36 companies in January. Four rounds of awards took place in 2020: the first to 27 companies in May, then the second to 18 firms in July , followed by a third group of eight in August and a fourth block of 15 in September.

Also in September 2020, the Air Force separately chose Science Applications International Corp. for a potential $878.2 million task order covering broad JADC2 solutions and engineering work over five years.