Babcock International Group has secured a $151.8m (£110m) contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver new Defence Strategic Radio Service (DSRS) to critical military operations.
DSRS enables radio signal transmission over thousands of kilometres through the Ionosphere, a part of the Earth’s upper atmosphere.
The technology will enable the armed forces to communicate more effectively and quickly when deployed in remote locations and challenging terrains such as mountains and jungles. It can also be used for flight safety communications to all military aircraft.
The nine-year contract will support around 150 jobs across England, Scotland and three overseas bases.
UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “This multi-million-pound investment in frontline radio communications will provide our armed forces with cutting-edge technology that allows them to connect effectively across a range of challenging environments.
“Underpinned by commitments outlined in the Defence Command Paper, industry expertise will be at the core of developing this innovative capability whilst supporting more than 150 jobs in the process.”
Babcock CEO David Lockwood said: “In collaboration with both our partners and customer we will work together to deliver a secure, resilient and advanced solution that will ensure DSRS users receive assured services, in support of the critical operations they perform, that are fit for today and ready for tomorrow.”
Babcock is an international aerospace, defence and security company with its headquarters in the UK.
Earlier this year, the company secured a £150m logistic support contract (LSC) from the UK MoD.