Harris Corporation of Melbourne, FL announced on July 20 that it has received $45 million in delivery orders for advanced satellite communications terminals under the U.S. Army’s Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) program. The next-generation military satellite communications terminals will provide the worldwide backbone for high-priority military communications and missile defense systems.
Harris is the prime contractor for the MET IDIQ contract, which was awarded in 2009 and has a ceiling value of $800 million. This includes a five-year base period and a five-year option period for production, as well as installation, depot and engineering services to support fielding of the terminals. The latest order brings the total MET orders Harris has been awarded to approximately $450 million.
Under this latest order, Harris will supply additional terminals, including large fixed X-/Ka-band terminals and small fixed X-/Ka-band terminals. The order also includes common electronics equipment, spares and engineering services to support the installation and test of the terminals and operator training.
“MET represents the state-of-the-art in strategic, multiband terminals, which will provide communications reach-back capability to decision makers in the U.S. for military personnel deployed worldwide,” said Ed Zoiss, president, Electronic Systems, Harris Corporation. “The MET terminal provides the warfighter with high performance, cost effective solutions for their military satellite communications needs.”
Under the MET program, managed by the Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems, Harris is replacing up to 80 AN/GSC-52, AN/GSC-39, AN/FSC-78 and other aging strategic satellite communications terminals with new X-band or simultaneous X-/Ka-band terminals. Harris also is supporting field activities such as site preparation, installation and testing.
Multiple installations are in progress around the world with several complete and transitioned to their respective operations commands. The terminals will interface with the new Wideband Global Satellite constellation, as well as with legacy satellite systems.
Source: Harris Corporation