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US Navy Awards $59 Million to Comtech EF Data for Satellite Earth Station Equipment

Comtech EF Data Satellite Modems.

Comtech EF Data satellite modems. Photo: Comtech EF Data

Comtech Telecommunications announced that during its third quarter of fiscal 2018, its Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data, which is part of Comtech’s Commercial Solutions segment, received a $59 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Naval Warfare Systems Command. The first delivery order for $7.9 million was received and related production has commenced immediately. The contract includes five one-year ordering periods.

The contract specified Comtech EF Data’s SLM-5650B Satellite Modem, SLM-5650B upgrade kits, firmware upgrades and technical support services. The SLM-5650B Satellite Modem is Comtech’s latest generation modem product targeted for critical government and military applications. The SLM-5650B leverages the heritage and feature set of the SLM-5650A modem. The SLM-5650B supports backwards compatibility/inter-operability for existing SLM-5650A networks while providing enhanced performance and an expanded feature set. The commercially available modems will support satellite communications and interoperability across the Navy’s platforms and shore sites.

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