Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. announced that the U.S. Army awarded a $12 million contract to its subsidiary DataPath, Inc., for the continuation of a program to sustain anytime, anywhere satellite connectivity.

The contract is for the supply of Wavestream’s solid-state power amplifier (SSPA) products.   Wavestream SSPAs are ruggedized to withstand the harshest environments, enabling the satellite transportable terminals used in this program to deliver a “Communications-on-the-Pause” solution across diverse climates and conditions around the globe. This award demonstrates Gilat’s ability to leverage the capabilities of its two U.S.-based subsidiaries, Gilat Wavestream and DataPath, Inc.

“With more than a decade and a half of field-proven performance, the Wavestream 50 W Ka SSPA continues to satisfy the Army’s need for dependable satellite communications in support of our warfighters operating in harsh and hostile environments around the world,” said Bob Huffman, Gilat Wavestream’s general manager. “Over the years, we’ve deployed thousands of BUCs to the military and we take great pride in providing proven technology that’s fielded for mission-critical telecommunications.  We are very excited to continue to bring solutions to the Army and are delighted that we can also now supply through our DataPath team.”

“DataPath is pleased to work with Gilat Wavestream on this order for the United States Army,” said David McDonald, president of DataPath.  “This award demonstrates our continued commitment to excellence and also showcases the strength of our diversified capabilities and further solidifies DataPath and Gilat Wavestream as trusted partners of the U.S. defense community.”