L-3 Communications, New York, New York, recently announced that its L-3 GCS subsidiary has been awarded a contract by US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to develop and manufacture Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite systems. The program, "Special Operations Forces Deployable Node-Family of Terminals" (SDN-Lite FoT) will provide tactically deployed Special Operations Forces users with worldwide communications connectivity. Total contract value is up to $500 million, over the next five years.
Harris Corporation, Government Communications Systems Division, Palm Bay, Florida, was awarded a $47,050,513 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the sustainment and support services for the AN/GSC-52 modernization program's family of satellite communications earth terminals and associated equipment. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Alexandria, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
ADCI of Delaware LLC, Chevy Chase, Maryland; AOS Incorporated, Dallas, Texas; CapRock Government Solutions, Incorporated Fairfax, Virginia; Global Communication Solutions Incorporated, Victor, New York; and O'Gara Satellite Systems Incorporated, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, were awarded multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts with a not-to-exceed ceiling of $65,750,000 to provide Inmarsat mobile satellite services for the Department of Defense combatant commands, services, and agencies, and as well as other federal agencies.
Science Applications International Corporation, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $6,961,768 firm-fixed-price contract for advisory and assistance services for the Weather Sustainment Division. Space-based infrared systems and military satellite communications must sustain effective and responsive consolidated logistics management support for mission-critical national defense weapons ground/command and control systems. U.S. Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.
LinQuest Corporation, Los Angeles, California, is being awarded a $20,124,654 firm-fixed-price contract for the military satellite communications, communications analysis, systems integration and engineering services bridge. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Company, Marlborough, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $19,861,994 contract modification for in-scope enhanced polar satellite pre-planned product improvements for the Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT). The NMT is the next generation of military satellite communications terminal to be deployed onboard submarines, ships and shore installations that provide maritime communications using the military strategic and tactical relay, advanced extremely high frequency, defense satellite communications system and wideband global satellite communications families of satellites. This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $979,752,906. This contract combines purchases
Boeing Satellite Systems Incorporated, El Segundo, California, is being awarded a $9,497,495 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification of the Wideband Global SATCOM Block II follow-on contract is for spacecraft modernization initiative digital channelizer upgrade study. U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.
Boeing Satellite Systems, El Segundo, California, is being awarded a $296,137,332 firm-fixed-price, contract for modification of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) Block II follow-on. The contract exercises the option to produce, process, launch, and activate on-orbit Satellite Vehicle Eight as previously negotiated. Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.
It's said that necessity is the mother of invention-but experience can serve as the catalyst for action. In this issue of SIGNAL Magazine, Michael A. Robinson's article, "Putting Satellites in Soldiers' Hands," examines how a retired U.S. Army Signal Corps officer has parlayed his experience into developing more effective satellite apps for mobile devices. Jim Ramsey is that retired officer, and now he's president of MTN Government Services (MTNGS).
General Dynamics C4 Systems has received a $12.7 million contract from the Australian Defence Force to provide AN/PRC-112G Global Positioning System-enabled search and rescue radios and accessories. Part of the HOOK2 System, the AN/PRC-112G radio sends encrypted global positioning information, user identification, situation reports and other critical information to combat search and rescue aircraft in short bursts to reduce the risk of detection and interception. Twenty-eight countries are now using HOOK2 radios for their combat search and rescue operations.
MIL-SAT Global Communications, Surry, Virginia, was recently awarded, an $11,910,032 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for marine stabilized satellite communication terminals. This procurement is to provide marine stabilized satellite communication terminals for the Force Training Assessment Department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. The Port Hueneme Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, California, is the contracting activity.
TeleCommunication Systems Incorporated, Annapolis, Maryland, was recently awarded a contract for Military Sealift Command's next generation wideband commercial satellite communications infrastructure and service. The contract has a $315 million ceiling price and will replace the command's current Afloat Bandwidth Efficient Satellite Transport commercial satellite communications infrastructure. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Company recently received the first production order for next-generation Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT) satellite communication terminals. The initial production award is for 22 systems, consisting of 15 ship, five submarine and two shore terminals, along with other services and products; it is valued at more than $37 million. The program could potentially be valued at $1 billion over five years. NMT is a family of multi-banded ship, submarine and shore communications terminals providing the Navy and international partners, with the possibility of selected Army and Air Force users, a powerful and reliable new capability in support of its net-centric architecture.
The U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) isn't merely polishing the lenses of its legacy space assets to improve its satellite communications (SATCOM)-it's also ordering a new pair of glasses to see its future capabilities. Not only does the command have three Wideband Global System (WGS) satellites currently in orbit, it's also looking at ways the commercial sector can support its endeavors. These efforts-along with STRATCOM's revamping of its Joint Space Operations Center-are in the sights of Executive Editor Maryann Lawlor in this month's issue of SIGNAL Magazine.
Rockwell Collins, Satellite Communication, Duluth, Georgia, was recently awarded a contract modification valued at more than $5 million for 43 Swe-Dish CCT-120 satellite terminals. U.S. Air Force 6th Contracting Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies received an $80 million contract from Harris Corporation to design, manufacture and install six new 16-meter antennas and upgrade four 9-meter satellite communications antennas. Supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R series (GOES-R) program, the antennas will enable critical command, control, telemetry and sensor data communications between satellites and ground stations. The system supports weather forecasting, severe storm tracking and meteorology research.
"NATO SATCOM will certainly be handicapped if interoperability with national systems is not key to the design of how we go forward."--Malcolm Green, chief of Capability Area Team (CAT) 9 National Information Infrastructure (NII) Communication Infrastructure Services, NC3A
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the General Services Administration (GSA) have entered into a partnership to streamline acquisition of commercial satellite communications (SATCOM) services. Announced yesterday, the agreement will lead to a hybrid of GSA's multiple award schedules and indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts. Officials of both organizations are lauding this collaborative effort as "historic" and agree that the Future Commercial SATCOM Access contract will be worth $5 billion over a 10-year period. The partnership has been years in the making, GSA and DISA officials allowed.