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Computer Sciences lands $1.1 billion deal

The company wins a contract from the Army to help manage its flight simulator and aviation training operations.

Computer Sciences has won a $1.1 billion deal from the Army to help manage its flight simulator and aviation training operations, the company said Monday.

Based on the terms of the 12-year contract, Computer Sciences will provide simulator-based flight training and support activities at the Army Aviation Center located at Fort Rucker, Ala. The pact, dubbed Flight School XXI, includes an eight-year extension option, with the value of the deal exceeding $1.1 billion if the additional years get picked up. The IT services company has provided similar services at Fort Rucker under the Joint Test and Evaluation Contract for roughly six years.

In July, El Segundo, Calif.-based Computer Sciences announced it was part of a joint venture that won a similar 12-year, $2.7 billion deal with the Air Force to support operations, maintenance and information management. Over the past year, the company has bolstered its efforts in the government sector, winning a handful of new deals and completing its acquisition of DynCorp, a consulting services company that focused on federal government clients.

According to Computer Sciences, the Flight School XXI deal is aimed primarily at cutting operational costs and improving flight training performance. The company will also work with the Army to further develop its technology-based training methodologies and virtual flight simulators.

Computer Sciences said that other companies working on the Flight School XXI contract will include Flight Safety International, Link Simulation, NLX, Intelligent Decision Systems and ISERA Group.