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US army awards Harris Corp. $222 M production contract. (News from Washington).

Harris Corp., a leader in multi-band satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals for US Department of Defense applications, announced that it was awarded a $222 M production contract by the US Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) for 205 Lightweight Multi-band Satellite Terminals (LMST). Harris has received $66 M since 1995 for the design, development and low rate initial production of 36 LMST systems. As previously announced by the US Army, production orders for the 205 additional systems could increase the total LMST contract value for Harris to $288 M by 2006.

The highly mobile LMST provides deployed military forces with military X- and Ka-band, and commercial C- and Ku-band access for satellite-based, voice, video and data communications connectivity with headquarters operations.

"The LMTS has proven itself in the field over the past four years, and our spiral development processes through the previous contracts have greatly enhanced the terminal's communications capability," says Bob Henry, president, Harris Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD). "Highly reliable, tactical sideband SATCOM terminals have been a core competency of Harris for over 30 years, and state-of-the-art advances in battlespace communications such as LMST will ensure that US forces are able to communicate seamlessly through the Global Information Grid (GIG) well into the 21st century."

Under terms of the production contract, Harris is responsible for program management and production of up to 205 LMSTs including associated documentation and equipment. Work will begin immediately on new orders from the US Marine Corps and US Air Force for 25- and 14-transit case systems, respectively.

Through technology enhancements such as a six-spoke hub with a reach-back spoke, LMST now offer significantly greater capability and flexibility than previous generations of the terminals, as well as six-times the communications capacity. The modular design of the LMST makes it configurable to either a transit case or trailer design in order to support various missions such as humanitarian, disaster relief and regional conflicts.

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Date:Nov 1, 2001
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