Microwave Journal

Harris Corp. Awarded Contract for US Navy Commercial Broadband Satellite

August 4, 2008

Harris Corp. has received a potential five-year, $77 M, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the US Navy for development and production of multiband satellite communications terminals that will provide high-speed communications for military personnel serving onboard cruisers and destroyers.

Under the IDIQ contract, the company received an initial award valued at $17.5 M. Harris will supply up to 55, 1.3-meter satellite communications terminals with X- and Ku-band capabilities for the Navy’s Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP) Unit Level Variant.

The higher bandwidth capacity of these terminals will enable the Navy to enhance morale-related communications services, such as providing high-speed Internet access and video communications onboard destroyers and other unit level ships, which carry as many as 300 military personnel. “High-bandwidth satellite communications are a core competency of Harris.

These SATCOM terminals will significantly enhance the Navy’s ability to offer shipboard personnel access to Internet services, thereby playing a role in supporting programs that maintain high morale and wellbeing,” said Wes Cowell, president of Harris Defense Programs. “We are proud that the Navy has again selected Harris as its provider of shipboard communications systems.”