Continuing the trend of Program/IDIQ consolidation in the federal space, The GSA released the final solicitation of the ASTRO IDIQ roughly a year ago. ASTRO is a MAC vehicle created to meet the requirements of warfighters, scoped in collaboration with U.S. Combatant Commands. Its purpose is to supplement DoD capabilities to ensure interoperability, flexibility, and assurance on modern-day battlefields.
The awards covered ten different fields (or pools), including: data operations, mission operations, aviation, ground, space, maritime, development and systems integration, research and development, support, and training. There were roughly 25-45 awards made for each pool. You can see the awardees here.
The contract vehicle’s scope covers a comprehensive assortment of products and services focused on the development, integration, operation, maintenance and support of unmanned/manned/optionally manned systems, robotics, and various platforms. Though there is no current dollar value assigned, the requirements represent a significant sum of spending that is expected to increase over the coming years and is estimated to be in the billions. The contracts are projected to support a 10-year ordering phase.
Platforms consist of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR). This is comprised of services for data collection, data analysis, data visualization, and automation. The ISR systems, robotics, and platforms may be based on land, air, sea, and/or space. ASTRO’s scope also covers maintenance/repair of manned, unmanned, optionally manned systems, robotics, and platforms as well as the equipment that supports them.