Anaren Inc. has been selected to receive a contract valued in excess of $20 M from Thales-Alenia-Space (France) for development and production of integrated beamforming assemblies that will be deployed on the IridiumNEXT satellite payload. The contract award, expected to be finalized within 90 days, covers design services and manufacture of up to 81 beamforming networks. Work has been authorized to begin immediately, with production deliveries starting in October 2012.

Anaren designs, manufactures and sells complex microwave signal distribution networks and components for the wireless communications, satellite communications and defense electronics markets.