PARSIPPANY, N.J., 26 July 25, 2006. DRS Technologies Inc. has received a $44 million contract, including options, to design and produce 60,000 BTU/hr Improved Environmental Control Units (60K IECUs) for the U.S. Army.
The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) Acquisition Center - Washington in Alexandria, Va.
Work for this contract will be performed by the company's DRS Sustainment Systems unit in Florence, Ky., and includes the design, development, and testing of prototype IECUs, followed by Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and full-rate production.
The company received $1.4 million in initial funding for the system design and development phase, which is expected to last approximately 18 months.
The DRS 60K IECU is a field environmental control unit designed to provide temperature control in environments ranging from -50(degree) F to +125(degree) F. It will perform under adverse weather conditions and will be built to meet stringent military performance requirements in conditions that include electromagnetic interference, vibration, shock, noise, rain, salt, fog, sand, and dust. The system primarily is used in base camps for heating and cooling shelters and will be compatible with operations involving biological and chemical warfare.
The DRS 60K IECUs feature an environmentally friendly refrigerant, higher efficiency, substantially reduced weight, lower power consumption and acoustic noise emissions, in-rush current control, and enhanced maintainability and reliability through embedded diagnostics.