Steve Lynch: Navy Selects Rome Research to Operate Civilian, Military Satellite Terminals

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Steve Lynch A PAR Technology Corp. (NYSE: PAR) subsidiary will operate and maintain the U.S. Navy’s Chesapeake, Virginia-based satellite communications facility under a five-year, $23.5 million contract. Rome Research Corp. will also support a Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Station Atlantic component, PAR Technology said Wednesday. The firm-fixed price contract contains a one-year base...

NATO Country Buys Exelis Radios to Secure Data Backbone

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Exelis (NYSE: XLS) will supply a NATO client with high-capacity radios that are intended to serve as the customer’s communications data backbone under a $12 million contract. The data radio system is designed to protect data connections between command headquarters and ground forces, Exelis said Monday. Exelis will perform the work through 2016 at its Basingstoke, Hampshire-based facility. The NATO...

Thales to Acquire Alcatel-Lucent’s Cybersecurity, Comms Security Business; Jean-Bernard Lévy Comments

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Thales has agreed to acquire the cybersecurity and communications security business of Alcatel–Lucent in a move to jointly offer network security products and services. Alcatel-Lucent will transfer its network security assets to Thales in order to grow its commercial proposition in cybersecurity, Thales said Thursday. “This investment responds to the growing ambition of Thales in promising...

Roger Krone: Boeing Sees Continued Int’l SATCOM Market Demand as Air Force Eyes 2 More WGS Satellites

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Roger Krone Boeing (NYSE: BA) could receive an additional order for two communications satellites from the U.S. Air Force and that purchase would be backed by international partners, Space News reported Thursday. Mike Gruss writes the seventh Wideband Global Satcom satellite is scheduled for launch in 2015 while development of WGS-9 is underway with funding from a consortium between Denmark, Canada,...

Harris, Phacil Team to Update Space Launch Range Comm Network

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A consortium of companies such as Harris Corp. (NYSE:HRS) and Phacil has been awarded a three-year contract to update a network the Air Force uses to support voice and data transfers during space launch activities. Harris and Phacil will update the rocket test and launch communications infrastructure on the Eastern Range at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, Harris said Monday. The multi-million dollar...

Veritas Capital Closes $383M Anaren Buy; Hugh Evans, Larry Sala Comment

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An affiliate of private equity investment firm Veritas Capital Fund IV LP has completed its acquisition of Anaren Inc. (NASDAQ: ANEN) for nearly $383 million. Veritas Capital will pay Anaren stockholders $28 per share in cash and Anaren’s common stock will be removed from the NASDAQ stock market under the new ownership, Anaren said Tuesday. Hugh Evans, partner of Veritas Capital, said the company...

Army Selects 16 Firms for Comm, Infrastructure Services Vehicle

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U.S. Army photo The U.S. Army has awarded positions on a basic ordering agreement to 16 contractors for worldwide communications and infrastructure support services. The two-year agreement covers work to help the Army install new information infrastructure tools and to update enterprise communication systems. A Feb. 10 FedBizOpps notice lists the Army Contracting Command’s office at Rock Island,...

Susan Miller: Inmarsat Targets Global Xpress Service for US Govt Clients

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An Inmarsat Plc subsidiary will act as a value added reseller of the parent company’s Global Xpress satellite communications offering to U.S. government customers. Inmarsat Government will build and maintain that technology and provide bandwidth leases on the GX system, Inmarsat said Thursday. Susan Miller, Inmarsat Government president and CEO, said the subsidiary intends for the Global Xpress...

George Helm: USSOCOM Orders Harris Radios for Tactical Net

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Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) has won an $18 million order from the U.S. Special Operations Command for manpack and handheld radios as USSOCOM aims to grow its tactical communications network. The company intends for users to communicate voice, video and data during intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations with each other through the Falcon III radios, Harris said Monday. “This new network...

Sudhakar Kesavan: ICF to Buy Belgium-Based Mostra for Europe Market Push

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ICF International (NASDAQ: ICFI) has moved to grow its communications services portfolio in Europe by agreeing to buy Brussels, Belgium-based Mostra S.A. for an undisclosed amount. ICF intends for the acquisition to increase its earnings per share starting in the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year and will adjust the company’s 2014 metrics to reflect the transaction, ICF said Tuesday. Sudhakar...