Harris Corp. announced that it was awarded a $7.7 M contract by the Boeing Co., Anaheim, CA, to provide systems engineering, integration services and satellite communications equipment for the US Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Sea-based X-band (SBX) Radar Program.

X-band Radar (XBR) is the tracking and discrimination radar used for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. "This very important win for Harris will allow us to apply both our commercial satellite communications technology and our proven defense communications system integration expertise," said Bob Henry, senior vice president, Harris Corp., and president, Harris Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD).

The SBX radar system will be deployed on a mobile, floating platform. Continuous communications between the platform and shore facilities will be provided via a commercial C-band satellite, using a unique redundant dual-antenna system designed and furnished by Harris Maritime Communications Services (MCS) subsidiary.

Harris MCS provides satellite communications services to cruise ships, remote land-based locations around the world and to data collection sites thousand of meters below the ocean's surface. "We are privileged to have the opportunity to utilize our experience in designing and operating marine-stabilized satellite earth stations in support of this important national defense project," said Dr. Andrew Clark, president of Harris MCS.