VA Plans 5-Year HF Emergency Comms Network Contract

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to build a high-frequency radio system for VA medical facilities to transmit and receive information in the event of an emergency. VA said Tuesday it plans to issue a five-year, firm-fixed-price contract for technology, installation, assessment, certification and training services to support the Emergency High-Frequency Radio Network. The agency wants the...

Jim Scott Named DRS Aviation, Comms & HS Group President

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Jim Scott, a 10-year veteran of DRS Technologies, has been appointed to lead the company’s aviation, communications and homeland security business unit as president. He most recently held the vice president and general manager roles within the global enterprise solutions group and has led support work for several U.S. military programs, DRS said Sept. 25. Scott will oversee a portfolio of satellite,...

Harris Receives $19M Air Force Falcon Wideband Radio Order

Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) has won a $19 million contract to supply wideband radio systems to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. The company will provide up to 1,500 Falcon III AN/PRC-152A radios and accessories that AFSOC intends to use for ground-to-air communications and situational awareness missions, Harris said Tuesday. Harris designed the wideband tactical radios to help clients...

Harris Lands $88M Middle East Wideband Radio Order; Brendan O’Connell Comments

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Brendan O’Connell Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) has won an $88 million contract to build wideband tactical radios for an unidentified country in the Middle East. The company will deliver its Falcon III 7800 family of tactical radios, wideband mobile ad-hoc networking and voice and data communications to the country, Harris said Thursday. “These advanced communications systems will support...

Army Seeks Vendors for Cellular LTE Tech in Theater

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The U.S. Army is seeking information from industry on ways to develop a cellular wireless technology backbone for ground troops. The Army issued a sources sought notice Friday to solicit ideas on how to design and implement Long Term Evolution communications for the service’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Potential vendors must design the technology with high-throughput...

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

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...