Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that its New York-based subsidiary, Comtech PST Corp., has received a $1.6 M contract from Raytheon for the production of the Integrated Radio Frequency Assembly (IRA) used in the Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) UHF radio.

The EPLRS radio provides a robust, on-the-move, high-speed, automated data exchange using a contention-free networking architecture. This guarantees speed of service to time critical users. Effective air defense demands the timely distribution of command and control, situational awareness information and exchange of air and ground track data. EPLRS is the reliable communication system selected by the Department of Defense to meet those demands. EPLRS also fulfills the requirements for collecting data from widely dispersed systems in the forward battle areas, and sending the information back to the combat force. The EPLRS radio network is a reliable system that automatically reconfigures itself to overcome the line-of-sight limitations of UHF communications, as well as jamming threats.

Fred Kornberg, president and chief executive officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp., said, "This is another significant follow-on order for Comtech PST since it affirms Raytheon's confidence in Comtech as an integrated RF amplifier assembly manufacturer. This IRA assembly includes the high-power RF amplifier, as well as the UHF Radio Frequency Assembly integrated into a single module."