Comtech contracted for Army satellites

Jan. 3, 2008 at 5:14 PM

MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command announced it has contracted New York-based Comtech Telecommunications Corp. for satellite technologies.

Comtech Telecommunications' Maryland-based subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp., received the $17.7 million in orders from CECOM for satellite transceivers, bandwidth and network operations for the Army's battle command situational awareness and control system, the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below -- Blue Force Tracking program.

FBCB2 is an Army initiative supporting commanders with real-time situational awareness, target identification and graphical combat area information using computers and communications software that links to satellites to form a wireless battlefield Internet.

"We are pleased to receive these recent orders, and look forward to continuing our support of this critical program and the soldiers that rely on the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below -- Blue Force Tracking system," Fred Kornberg, Comtech Telecommunications president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

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