NEW YORK, July 11 (UPI) -- A satellite communications system for tactically deployed U.S. Special Operations Forces is to be developed by an L-3 Communications subsidiary.
The contract for the Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite system comes under a program called as Special Operations Forces Deployable Node-Family of Terminals. It is worth as much as $500 million over five years and was issued by the U.S. Special Operations Command.
"L-3 GCS is honored to have been selected for this program, which represents new business for our unit and highlights the priority our customer has placed on SATCOM equipment," said Bob Jacobson, president of L-3 GCS. "We look forward to a continued productive partnership with USSOCOM, ensuring its deployed users are equipped with the best possible communication systems.
"L-3 GCS will begin delivering tri-band Hawkeye III Lite 1.2-meter terminals and quad-band 2.0-meter terminals later this year, and we are currently ramping up our engineering and production capabilities to meet our customers' objectives."
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