Microwave Journal

Comtech Receives $4.5 M SATCOM Contract from Harris

September 4, 2008

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., received a $4.5 M order from Harris Corp. to provide equipment for the US Navy's Commercial Broadband Satellite Program. The US Navy will deploy the equipment to enable high-speed satellite communications for military personnel serving onboard various ship classes.


Included in the order are the SLM-5650A Satellite Modem and Vipersat Management System (VMS). The SLM-5650A Satellite Modem complies with the strict requirements defined in MIL-STD-188-165A, modem types I, II, IV, V and VI. Government agencies, the military and commercial networks with demanding performance and/or security requirements commonly utilize this high-end modem for applications on DSCS, WGS and commercial satellites. The SLM-5650A integrates with the VMS to provide fully automated network and capacity management.

The Vipersat Management System is a feature-rich, automated bandwidth, capacity and network management system with a high degree of configuration automation. It enables users to easily configure their networks and rapidly and effectively respond to network anomalies. VMS automates the carrier switching and spectrum management processes within the satellite network. These capabilities allow SCPC carriers to be switched automatically based on application, load, or schedule, providing on-demand services and space segment savings.

"We are honored that Harris Corp. awarded this contract to Comtech to support the Navy's Commercial Broadband Satellite Program," said Fred Kornberg, president and chief executive officer of Comtech.