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SAT-isfied: Nashua firm sells $9m in satellite receivers to U.S. military.

Nashua-based Windmill International has nabbed a $9 million order for its satellite receiver systems for use by military services in Afghanistan.

The order was the "largest direct award" the company has received from the U.S. government, according to David Martin, vice president for tactical SATCOM business development.

"This is a major win for us," he said. "It's a large accelerator into the product business."

The order included many KA-10s, training and product support for the U.S. Central Command Special Forces in Afghanistan. The KA-10 is a portable and rugged satellite receiver system that was developed to helped military forces deployed overseas.

The system is "battle-ready" and brings command center information and data to soldiers in the field, according to a release from the company. It weighs just 32 pounds and works in adverse weather-conditions, including high humidity, rain or sand storms and extreme heat or cold.

The KA-10 can also receive global broadcasts from unmanned aircraft systems and access forward-looking infrared imagery, streaming video or terrain and mapping information.

The product was developed as part of the New Hampshire Small Business Innovation Research program and won the 2011 Tibbetts Award for its excellence.

Windmill is working to make an even smaller, more specialized version of the receiver system with funding from an Air Force program, the company said.

--THE TELEGRAPH

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