The U.S. Marine Corps said Monday it will exercise an option to order $230 million in combat operations centers from the General Dynamics C4 Systems division in Scottsdale.
The order consists of 49 operations centers for regimental units and 116 for battalions, the Department of Defense announced.
The centers, which consist of trailers fi lled with computers, tents, radios, power sources and other equipment needed for the command and control of combat operations, are expected to be deployed in Iraq, said GD spokeswoman Fran Jacques.
The units can be rolled to a combat site and set up in about 40 minutes, she said.
The latest options are part of a previously announced order by the Marine Corps for up to 355 centers, expected to be delivered by 2010.
Reportedly the contract could amount to $522 million if all the options are exercised. The Scottsdale-based division has already delivered 98 units under the original contract awarded in April 2002.
The latest units will be delivered through June 2009, the Marine Corps said. Jacques said the company will be able to fill the latest order with its existing staff.