Dayton company lands $95M defense project

A Dayton software integration company has landed a $95 million Air Force contract.

Tangram Flex Inc. has been awarded a maximum $95,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for software and reports, the Department of Defense said late Monday.

The award focuses on the advancement of autonomy, manned-unmanned teaming, machine learning, interoperable systems, capability enhancement and upgrades to legacy DoD systems as well as improved data sharing, Tamgram Flex said in its own release Tuesday.

Over the past two years, Tangram has developed what it calls “a unique and comprehensive software solution, Tangram Pro”, to enable the Defense Department to quickly integrate emerging technologies into military systems with increased confidence that they will work as intended.”

This award heralds Tangram Pro’s emergence as a commercial offering, the Dayton company also said.

“I’m very proud of the Rome Research Site team and their ability to get this critical contract awarded,” Col. Tim Lawrence, director of the Air Force Research Lab’s Information Directorate, said in Tangram’s announcement. “Tangram and the acquisition programs they enable will support the Air Force and our nation to maintain its superior technology advantage through advanced software capabilities.”

The DoD received 23 offers were for the project, and the contract came from Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y. AFRL is based at nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

“The scope of this effort is to perform research, development, prototyping, enhancement, testing, evaluation, integration, transition and operational assessment to enhance and commercialize the Tangram platform,” the DoD said in its Monday release.

Work will be performed in Dayton, and is expected to be completed Aug. 10, 2025.

Tangram’s software provides cyber-resilience for mission-critical embedded systems used in aircraft, missiles, and many other U.S. defense systems.

West Coast tech firm Galois announced in the summer of 2018 that it was spinning out Tangram Flex as an independent business.

The company is now based at 607 E. Third St., a building now known as the Avant-Garde, next to the Steam Plant.

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