The Pentagon recently offered several San Diego small businesses chances to bid on U.S. Navy command and control electronics projects.

Forward Slope Inc. of Mission Valley, G2 Software Systems of Point Loma and Moebius Solutions Inc. of Mira Mesa were among six firms receiving contracts, the DoD announced on Dec. 30.

Also receiving an award was Geocent of Metairie, La.; Harmonia Holdings Group of Blacksburg, Va.; and IPSA Technology of Alexandria, Va. The Pentagon said roughly a third of the out-of-state companies’ work will be conducted in San Diego.

The just-awarded deals are indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts — called “hunting licenses” by some, because they are an intermediate step toward getting work. Now the three companies will have to bid for Navy task orders under the contracts.

Forward Slope could receive up to $47.9 million over three base years and two option years. G2 could receive up to $38.7 million while Moebius Solutions could receive up to $40.3 million. The deals may include Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard work.

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific chose the six firms for the work. Fifteen companies submitted proposals.

Several industry observers say the “hunting license” is getting more popular, as the federal government relies more and more on indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity deals.