Iridium Satellite LLC, McLean, Va. was awarded a $7,241,112 sole-source contract for hardware and software repairs, maintenance, Gateway Technical Assistance Center support and Information Assurance Vulnerability Alert services for the Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services Defense Department Gateway Iridium components. The total potential contract term is for five years to include a one-year base period and four one-year options. The total potential value of this contract is $38,000,004, with the base and each option year period including both firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursable contract line items.
Well, almost. ... It may not be Superman, but the Distributed Tactical Communications System (DTCS) being deployed in Afghanistan gives troops quick access to reliable voice and data capability.
With DTCS, warfighters are no longer stuck with only one option: climbing to the top of a mountain to get a signal. Brig. Gen. Bernard K. Skoch, USAF (Ret.), focuses on how the system overcomes limitations posed by mountainous terrain his article, "Extraterrestrial System Sharpens Tactical Eyes on the Ground," in this issue of SIGNAL Magazine.
The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren has awarded an Iridium Satellite LLC subsidiary a $22 million contract to support development and delivery of the Distributed Tactical Communications System (DTCS).