Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp., received a $3.6 M satellite communications equipment order from a US government agency. The equipment will support the government agency's satellite-based communications network.

The order includes a wide range of Comtech EF Data products, including the SLM-5650 Satellite Modem, the Vipersat Management System (VMS), Redundancy Switches and Transceivers. Designed specifically for government satellite networks, the SLM-5650 Satellite Modem complies with the requirements of the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) defined in Military Standard (MIL-STD)-188-165A, modem types I, II, IV, V and VI. This high speed modem supports data rates up to 155 Mbps, and offers flexible interfaces including Gigabit Ethernet, advanced forward error correction and higher order modulation. It is compact and rugged, ideally suited for many government and military applications, such as fixed, at-the-pause and on-the-move communications.

For the government's advanced applications, the SLM-5650 Satellite Modem will be configured with a number of features designed to optimize network performance, functionality and security. These options include a Network Processor module supporting the VMS for seamless IP-based bandwidth and capacity management, and a Transmission Security (TRANSEC) module providing Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)-140-2 Level 2 security.

Uniquely provided by Comtech EF Data, the Vipersat Management System is an automated bandwidth, capacity and network management system with an intuitive graphical user interface. VMS enables users to easily configure, control and monitor satellite networks, and automates capacity allocation and spectrum management processes. These capabilities allow SCPC carriers to be resized automatically based on a variety of user-defined policies, providing on-demand services and unparalleled space segment savings.

"The breadth of equipment in this order illustrates Comtech's unique ability to support the Government's mission critical networks," said Fred Kornberg, president and chief executive officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp.