HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., May 27 (UPI) -- Communications services and on-site support for NATO's GPS-based force tracking system will continue to be provided by U.S.-headquartered Globecomm.
The award from the NATO Communications and Information Agency is worth $9.6 million and an extension of its earlier work for NATO, which encompassed the design and deployment of the system.
"Globecomm is pleased to receive this contract extension to continue to deliver this important service," said Paul Knudsen, vice president of Globecomm's Eastern Atlantic Team. "We completed an upgrade of this system last year under a separate contract that was previously announced. Globecomm has been providing this service since 2007."
The force tracking system provides high levels of tracking data and message traffic. With it NATO is able to identify where its personnel are located at all times, identify the locations of other multi-national forces in routine or operational situations.
The system is vital in helping prevent fratricide incidents.
Globecomm said that with the new award, the combined value of all company work on the NATO program is about $84 million.