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Comtech secures new funding to support US Army’s BFT System

04 May 2021 (Last Updated May 4th, 2021 16:39)

Comtech Telecommunications has secured additional funding of $6.2m to continue supporting the US Army’s Blue Force Tracking (BFT) System, a capability that provides location information about friendly, as well as hostile forces.

Comtech secures new funding to support US Army’s BFT System
A US soldier preparing his Blue Force Tracker in Iraq. Credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Brien Aho, U.S. Navy.

Comtech Telecommunications has secured additional funding of $6.2m to continue supporting the US Army’s Blue Force Tracking (BFT) System, a capability that provides location information about friendly, as well as hostile forces.

The funding was awarded to the company’s Government Solutions segment through a subsidiary for option period four of a previously awarded contract.

The latest modification is part of the BFT-1 sustainment support contract for the US Army’s Project Manager Mission Command (PM MC) Blue Force Tracking (BFT-1) programme.

As previously agreed, Comtech will continue to provide engineering services, satellite network operations and program management through a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract including Time & Materials (T&M) and Cost Reimbursement elements.

The fourth option period began on 15 April and is scheduled to end on 14 April next year.

Overall, the contract has received total funding of $35.5m to date, including base and option periods.

Comtech Telecommunications board chairman and CEO Fred Kornberg said: “We are pleased our US Army continues to recognise the value of Comtech’s services.

“Our team remains committed to providing the US Army and its soldiers with critical BFT-1 sustainment support.”

Headquartered in Melville, New York, Comtech focuses on developing secure wireless communications technologies.

The company is said to have more than 1,000 customers across 100 countries.

In July last year, Comtech Telecommunications won a similar order to continue delivering ongoing sustainment services and baseband equipment to the US Army.