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LinQuest to Provide Military Satellite Communications

April 2, 2012
By George Seffers

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 to Improve Navy Multiband Terminal for Four Countries

February 15, 2012
By George Seffers

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 for the U.S. Navy; and, under the Foreign Military Sales Program, the governments of Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California is the contracting activity.

Boeing's Wideband Global SATCOM Contract Modified

January 3, 2012
By George Seffers

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 Awarded $296 Million for Wideband Global Satellite Communications

December 19, 2011
By George Seffers

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.

Tin Cans and String Go High-Tech

November 18, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

SIGNAL's business profile looks at MTN Government Services, its cutting-edge satellite apps, and the man behind the company curtain.

General Dynamics Receives Australian Defence Force Contract

October 5, 2011
By George Seffers

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. The HOOK2 Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) system comprises the AN/PRC-112G radio, Quickdraw2 Interrogator and Satellite Communications Base Station, and allows downed air crews or isolated personnel to securely contact combat search and rescue resources over long distances. The radio is interoperable with satellite-based search and rescue systems, including the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Awards Satellite Communications Contract

October 5, 2011
By George Seffers

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 Snags Satellite Communications Deal

November 8, 2010
By George Seffers

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 Receives First Production Order for Navy Multiband Terminal

October 29, 2010
By George Seffers

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 terminals will provide all Navy military-band satellite communications up to five times the bandwidth and less size, weight and power than the systems they will replace.

View of Space Just Got Clearer

October 29, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

Whether for military ops, standard communications or a lofty connection linking nations together during crises, space systems are critical. Enhancing the ability to monitor space assets-and to augment them with newer, better equipment-is a major STRATCOM mission. The command continues to move forward and to seek commercial support, but are the requirements clear? Is the acquisition process easily navigable? Share your thoughts here.

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