Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded a potential five-year, $85 M indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the US Navy for multiband satellite communications terminals that will provide advanced communications for aircraft carriers and other large deck ships. Under the IDIQ contract, the company received an initial award valued at $15 M.

Harris will supply 2.7-meter satellite communications terminals with C- and Ku-band capabilities for the Navy’s Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP) Force Level Variant. The higher bandwidth capacity of these terminals will enable the Navy to augment military satellite communications by supporting essential mission requirements and by providing high-speed Internet access for as many as 5000 military personnel onboard each aircraft carrier. The new terminals will replace existing Harris AN/WSC-8 terminals that have provided shipboard C-band communications for the Navy for more than 10 years.

“This contract reflects Harris Corp.’s ongoing commitment to providing the US military with the most advanced communications technology available, and puts us at the forefront of providing cutting-edge, multiband SATCOM terminal solutions for the US Navy,” said Wes Cowell, president of Harris Defense Programs. “As the leading wideband communications provider to the Navy, Harris is proud to have been selected to provide this new generation of shipboard communications capability.”