April 3rd, 2015

The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) has awarded CTSi a delivery order based indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a maximum contract value of $16M. The Multiplex Data Bus Controller Translator Transmitter (MDBCTT or “Mudbucket®”) was originally developed under an Army Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program for the Program Manager for Instrumentation, Targets, and Threat Simulators (PM-ITTS) within PEO STRI. The purpose of this Mudbucket Phase III SBIR award is to continue efforts that extend or logically conclude work performed under Phase I and Phase II contract awards. The overarching objective is to facilitate the successful commercialization of Mudbucket and its derivatives.

PEO STRI also awarded Delivery Order 001, with a contract value of $440K, to coincide with the base IDIQ contract award. Delivery Order 001 includes engineering services and product deliveries for the Army Aviation System Test and Integration Lab (AvSTIL) facility at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, AL. Under Delivery Order 001, CTSi will deliver and integrate Mudbucket hardware into the AvSTIL, update and extend Mudbucket capabilities to meet emerging AvSTIL requirements, and support integration and facility acceptance test events. This work builds on previous successful efforts using the innovative Mudbucket MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 signal overdrive capabilities in concert with other AvSTIL systems. When employed in the AvSTIL facility, these systems place Army aircraft in virtual flight states for the purpose of repeatable and affordable testing without the risk and expense of open air flight testing.

The PEO STRI Phase III Mudbucket IDIQ contract provides a vehicle for the Army and CTSi to continue to serve the wide variety of DoD customers that have demonstrated significant demand for the Mudbucket technology. This includes ground and flight test systems, prototyping and production integration systems, training, and maintenance systems for aircraft, ground vehicles, and other complex embedded systems.