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L-3 awarded $500-million contract for U.S. military satellites

Communications firm to provide Special Operations Forces users with worldwide connectivity

New York—L-3 Communications has announced its subsidiary, L-3 GCS, has been awarded a $500-million contract by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to develop and manufacture specialized satellite systems.

The Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) program, known as Special Operations Forces Deployable Node-Family of Terminals (SDN-Lite FoT), will provide tactically deployed Special Operations Forces (SOF) users with worldwide communications connectivity according to L-3.

The total contract value is up to $500-million over the next five years, the company announced.

“L-3 GCS is honored to have been selected for this program, which represents new business for our unit and highlights the priority our customer has placed on SATCOM equipment,” L-3 GCS president Bob Jacobson said in a statement. “We look forward to a continued productive partnership with USSOCOM, ensuring its deployed users are equipped with the best possible communication systems.”

L-3 GCS will begin delivering tri-band Hawkeye III Lite 1.2-meter terminals and quad-band 2.0-meter terminals later this year.

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