Harris Corporation Awarded $600 Million Contract to Modernize U.S. Strategic Satellite Communications Terminals
MELBOURNE, Florida - Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded a 10-year, $600 million contract for the U.S. Army’s Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) program. The next-generation military satellite communications terminals developed for the MET program will provide the worldwide backbone for high-priority military communications and missile defense systems.
As prime contractor, Harris will develop, test and certify four unique terminal configurations during a 30-month, First Article Test phase. In addition, Harris will provide production hardware under the five-year base contract, with five additional option years, and will support field activities such as site preparation, installation, test, operations, and maintenance. The program will be managed by Team DCATS — Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems.
Harris will replace up to eighty AN/GSC-52, AN/GSC-39, AN/FSC-78 and other aging strategic satellite communications terminals around the world with new, simultaneous X- and Ka-band terminals capable of interfacing with the new Wideband Global Satellite constellation as well as with legacy satellite systems. The new terminals will support Internet Protocol and Dedicated Circuit Connectivity within the Global Information Grid, providing critical reach-back capability for the warfighter.
“MET leverages our long and successful track record of success on the AN/GSC-52 terminal modernization program to provide PMDCATS with an advanced, strategic terminal architecture that achieves a high level of equipment and integration commonality, thereby lowering acquisition and logistics costs,” said Wes Covell, president of Defense Programs for Harris Government Communications Systems. “Harris is proud to provide the next generation of strategic, multiband terminals for the Department of Defense, and we look forward to expanding our successful relationship with PMDCATS through the MET program.”
Harris teammates on the MET program include General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, a leader in X- and Ka-band satellite communications products; O’Neil & Associates, a supplier of world-class logistics and interactive, electronic technical manuals; and Janus Research Group, an innovator in training simulation.
The hardware will include various fixed ground terminal configurations; a hardened, transportable terminal; and a small terminal suitable for rooftop mounting. General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies will develop the X-band antenna feed as well as a dual/simultaneous X- and Ka-band antenna feed capable of meeting the stringent requirements for low intermodulation products. They will also develop 12.2-meter antennas for fixed ground terminals, 7.2-meter antennas for transportable terminals, and 4.8-meter antennas for small terminals. The first terminal is scheduled for fielding in early 2011.
Harris Defense Programs develops, supplies, and integrates communications and information processing products, systems, and networks for a diverse base of aerospace, terrestrial and maritime applications supporting U.S. Department of Defense missions. Harris is committed to delivering leading-edge technologies that support the military’s ongoing transformation to network-centric communications.
A high-resolution photograph of the GSC-52 terminal is available at www.harris.com/harris/whats_new/GSC-52.jpg. A high-resolution photograph of the MET is available at www.harris.com/harris/whats_new/met.jpg.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of $5.4 billion and 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Other factors that may impact the company’s results and forward-looking statement may be disclosed in the company’s filings with the SEC. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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