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DataPath to support battlefield SATCOM

DULUTH, Ga., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted DataPath Inc. for the company to provide satellite communication technologies to support battlefield communications.

Under the $100 million deal, Georgia-based DataPath will upgrade its DataPath Satellite Transportable Terminals used by the Army to operate on the Wideband Global Satellite communication system. In order for the Army's terminals to operate on the WGS system, DataPath will integrate them with Ka band conversion kits.

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Officials say the satellite communication terminals are being converted to support the Army's Joint Network Node/Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program and enable mission-critical battlefield communications.

"Using the increased satellite communication capacity provided by WGS is a critical capability for the U.S. military, and supporting that is central to DataPath's role in developing innovative communications systems for war fighters," Tom Dyer, DataPath chairman, president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

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