Comtech announces $11.7M order to provide mobile satellite transceivers to U.S. Army’s Blue Force Tracking-2 program
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. of Melville, NY announced on February 21 that during its second quarter of fiscal 2018, its Command and Control Technologies group, through its Maryland-based subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation, which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, was awarded an initial $11.7 million order to immediately provide several thousand of its next generation MT-2025 Mobile Satellite Transceivers in support of the U.S. Army’s Blue Force Tracking-2 (“BFT-2”) system.
The BFT-2 system, which is part of the U.S. Army’s Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) program, provides global real-time situational awareness and networking capabilities for U.S. warfighters. The order was received pursuant to a firm fixed price contract from ADS, Inc. Manufacturing production will occur at Comtech’s high-volume technology manufacturing center which is located in Tempe, Arizona. Comtech expects to begin shipments during the second half of its fiscal 2018. Additional orders are expected.
Comtech’s next generation MT-2025 transceiver, which is also known as the Blue Force Tracker-2 High Capacity (“BFT-2-HC”) Satellite Transceiver, meets BFT-2 protocols, provides best-in-class reliability and is fully backward compatible with the U.S. Army’s Blue-Force Tracking-1 system (“BFT-1”).
Fred Kornberg, president and chief executive officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp., said, “I am delighted that the U.S. Army has chosen us to meet their immediate operational needs. The Army has Comtech’s full commitment in supporting both the BFT-1 and BFT-2 requirements. I look forward to delivering this initial and other orders well into the future.”
Comtech currently provides sustaining support for the BFT-1 system and previously shipped over 100,000 BFT-1 mobile satellite transceivers.