The Department of Defense issued 14 separate contract awards on Tuesday, totaling just more than $880 million in combined value. Of these, by far the biggest contract (by a factor of four) was a $455 million award to DRS Tactical Systems, the subsidiary of Italian defense contractor Finmeccanica (NASDAQOTH:FINMY).

The DOD awarded DRS the firm-fixed-price contract for the supply of "Mounted Family of Computer Systems" (M-FoCS) hardware for the Army Mounted Common Operating Environment. The Army's official website explains that the "Mounted" is one of six separate Common Operating Environments for which the Army is developing a tailored set of tablets, computers, monitors, cables, and other hardware.

M-FoCS hardware will be designed for installation and use "inside vehicles that have large amounts of processing power, but contain much less bandwidth than a tactical operations center."

In addition to Mounted, the other five "environments" for which the Army is developing tailored hardware systems are: Dismounted Handhelds, Sensors, Real-time Safety Critical, Tactical Operations Centers and Command Posts, and Data Center Cloud, where data will be distributed from a centralized hub.

Fool contributor Rich Smith and The Motley Fool have no position in any stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.