Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that its Maryland-based subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp., received an $8 M order under its IDIQ contract with the US Army Communications Electronics Command (CECOM). Total orders received to date against this $216.0 M contract increased to $211.3 M.

Under this order, Comtech will build, test and deliver its next-generation Blue Force Tracking High Capacity, BFT-HC satellite transceiver to the US Army. This breakthrough product features significantly enhanced functional capabilities, many of which far exceed the initial requirements put forth by the FBCB2-BFT program. For example, the BFT-HC satellite transceiver offers seven selectable forward-link data rates reaching up to a maximum of 230 kbps. In addition, the BFT-HC satellite transceiver provides full backward compatibility with the currently fielded BFT systems, reducing deployment costs and maximizing operational flexibility. The BFT-HC satellite transceiver's modular design features a field-replaceable antenna that not only reduces operations and maintenance costs, but also supports planned upgrades to other frequency bands. This high-gain electronically steered antenna maximizes satellite bandwidth efficiency while enabling operations in highly disadvantaged areas.

The order also includes field testing and demonstration of Comtech's network system as well as preliminary testing of its BFT-HC satellite ground and aviation transceivers. Comtech's BFT-HC satellite transceivers meet all the interface requirements to be integrated into the software structure of the second-generation Blue Force Tracking Software platform.

Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp., said, "We are extremely pleased to receive this order for the first delivery of our next-generation satellite ground and aviation transceivers -- the BFT-HC. We are confident that our significant internal investments in this comprehensive solution set meet, and in many cases, exceed the FBCB2-BFT current and future requirements. We look forward to continuing our close partnership with our BFT customer, as together, we work to deliver advanced systems and solutions needed by US military personnel. We remain extremely proud of our continued involvement in the FBCB2-BFT Program, and look forward to supporting the new Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) program and other critical programs for the Department of Defense."