Monday, July 21, 2008

DataPath Awarded SeaPort-Enhanced ID/IQ Prime Contract by U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center

PRNewswire/ -- DataPath, Inc., a leading provider of satellite and wireless communications networks around the world, has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) prime contract under the SeaPort-Enhanced (SeaPort-e) contract vehicle by the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center.

The SeaPort-e prime contract provides a streamlined electronic procurement process through which DataPath can submit bids and receive task orders to provide satellite and wireless communications network solutions, services and software to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. DataPath's award has a one-year base period and includes additional terms for up to 10 years total. Through this vehicle, DataPath will be able to provide products and services in all seven regional zones covered by the Seaport-e electronic procurement process.

"This award is the result of our efforts to continue to expand our offerings across key user communities within the U.S. Department of Defense and civilian government market," said Dave Helfgott, president and CEO of DataPath. "Based on our proven capabilities to deliver vital communications networks, software applications, and technical support services, we were selected as a prime contractor that will serve the U.S. Navy and our long-time customer the U.S. Marine Corps for years to come."

"Navy and Marine users of network-centric communications systems and advanced network control software will benefit greatly from this procurement vehicle," said Steve Lindeman, vice president of Business Operations at DataPath. "We will be able to deliver the right solutions very quickly into the hands of Sailors and Marines operating around the world."

The government estimates that a maximum of $5.3 billion of services will be procured per year via contracts maintained under the SeaPort-e contracting vehicle. The SeaPort-e contract vehicle was established to create a performance-based Navy-wide electronic procurement process. It is a multiple award contract with more than 1,000 contractors that deliver products and services for the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Strategic Systems Programs, Office of Naval Research, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and U.S. Marine Corps.

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