Comtech Xicom contracted for traveling wave tube amplifiers

Dec. 10, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Traveling wave tube amplifiers for a major U.S. Army satellite communications program are to be produced by California-based Comtech Xicom Technology Inc.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp., parent company of Comtech Xicom, said the contract is worth about $7 million and was issued from a U.S.-based system integrator.

"This award confirms Comtech Xicom Technology's leadership in high-power, high efficiency amplifiers and rewards the significant investment we've made in enhancing efficiency to provide the highest linear powers in the most compact packages possible while maintaining our high standards for quality and reliability," said Fred Kornberg, president and chief executive officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. "Comtech looks forward to supporting this program and the warfighter for many years to come."

A traveling-wave tube amplifier is a specialized tube used in electronics to help amplify radio frequency signals to high power. Comtech Xicom's product range encompasses power levels from 8 W to 3 kW, with frequency coverage in sub-bands within the 2 GHz to 45 GHz spectrum.

Details on the number of units ordered were not disclosed.

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