ASHBURN, Va., Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TechWorx, LLC (an SBA 8a-certified joint venture between VARCom Solutions and Prototype Productions, Inc.) is pleased to announce that the US Army Armaments, Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey has awarded the company a contract to provide advanced engineering and manufacturing services. The contract, valued at $3.5M, will support the development of ARDEC's next generation Picatinny Optical Detection System (PODS). PODS is a hand-held optical detection system. PODS will enable the warfighter to locate and situate potential optical threats prior to engagement. The production of the PODS 2.1 prototype systems will improve on previous versions by reducing the size of the units and incorporating new technologies.
Under the contract, TechWorx will review the technical data package and identify and issues related to manufacturability and usability. TechWorx will also build and deliver five prototype units and 45 production units of the PODS 2.1 system. The project is scheduled to be completed in not more than nine months after contract award.
"Picatinny Arsenal's ARDEC organization looks forward to working with TechWorx to roll out the latest version of the PODS system which our technical team has been developing since 2007," commented Gerry Gaeta, Project officer at ARDEC.
"We are honored to have been selected by the innovative team at Picatinny to support the development of the PODS 2.1 system that has the potential to save lives and protect our warfighters," said Raul Danny Vargas, president of VARCom Solutions.
"With decades of experience supporting complex engineering support requirements and using state-of-the-art manufacturing practices to build a wide variety of devices, PPI and our TechWorx partnership with VARCom, provide government clients with a reliable and flexible option for mission critical needs," stated Joe Travez, CEO of Prototype Productions, Inc.
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SOURCE VARCom Solutions