Canada orders Harris shipboard terminals

April 11, 2011 at 11:20 AM
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MELBOURNE, Fla., April 11 (UPI) -- The Canadian government has contracted Florida-headquartered Harris Corp. to supply its navy with multiband satellite communications terminals.

The contract is worth $2 million.

Under the Canadian Short Term Satellite Communications Upgrade contract, Harris will deliver terminals which offer both X- and Ku-band capabilities and provide much higher bandwidth than now available to Canadian Navy ships. The increased bandwidth will enable morale-enhancing connectivity to the Internet, video and other high-speed, broadband services for personnel on Navy frigates, as well as augment support of strategic military communications.

Harris said the contract marks its first international sale of its maritime wideband terminals, which are a mainstay of communications on board U.S. Navy vessels.

"Harris is the leading wideband communications provider to the U.S. Navy, and we are proud to be selected by the Canadian government to provide this new generation of shipboard communications capability to their fleet," said Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems. "This contract represents a strategic international win for our defense business -- driven by the affordability of our advanced technology, and our ability to make immediate deliveries that fully meet our customer's deployment needs."

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