Microwave Journal

Leonardo DRS Wins Contract Worth Up to $977M to Provide USSOCOM with Global SATCOM

May 29, 2019

Leonardo DRS Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract worth up to $977 million by the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, to provide the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) worldwide SATCOM and support for its headquarters, components and major subordinate units operating around the world.

Under the Blanket Purchase Agreement contract, the work can extend up to eight years and services can be requested by the customer that will not exceed $977 million.  Leonardo DRS will provide USSOCOM’s Global Access Network (GAN) system, an end-to-end custom-engineered, global commercial SATCOM (COMSATCOM) solution, engineered to meet USSOCOM’s unique COMSATCOM needs.

USSOCOM requires an integrated satellite and terrestrial telecommunications system to support the dissemination of command, control, communications, computers and intelligence information between USSOCOM, its components, and their major subordinate units as well as selected U.S. government agencies and activities directly associated with the special operations community. Network connectivity includes satellite transmission and terrestrial services, which connect communication hubs to deployed communication nodes located in the continental U.S. and outside the continental U.S. in support of deployed Special Operations Forces.

“We are dedicated to delivering a strong, secure and comprehensive technical solution that ensures U.S. Special Operations Forces have connectivity when and where it is required,” said Dave Fields, senior vice president and general manager of the Leonardo DRS Global Enterprise Solutions business unit. “With our deep experience in this program, we understand our customers’ needs for this unique and critical mission,” Fields said.

For the past 17 years, Leonardo DRS has been providing its GAN service with commercial satellite bandwidth, a satellite operations center support and a secure and accredited terrestrial network to USSCOCOM.  Under this new contract, the company will also continue to design, manufacture and qualify the worldwide commercial SATCOM system.