Comtech Telecommunications’ Command & Control Technologies group has received incremental funding for the US Army’s Blue Force Tracking (BFT-1) sustainment contract.

The five-year BFT-1 sustainment support contract was awarded originally in April 2017 for the US Army’s Project Manager Mission Command (PM MC) BFT-1 programme.

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The $1.1m incremental funding for sustainment support is for Option Period One of the BFT-1 contract. It increases the funding for Option Period One to $7.3m and the cumulative total contract funding to $14.1m.

BFT-1 battle command, real-time situational awareness and control system is designed to locate friendly military forces, as well as provide the capability to send and receive text and image messages.

“Under the contract, Comtech will continue to provide engineering services, satellite network operations and programme management.”

Commenting on the funding, Comtech Telecommunications Corp president and chief executive officer Fred Kornberg said: “This additional funding demonstrates the continued commitment that the Comtech team provides to the US Army and emphasises the importance of the BFT-1 sustainment effort for our US military.

“Comtech remains committed to providing the US Army and its soldiers with the highest level of support to enable them to complete their missions.”

Under the contract, Comtech will continue to provide engineering services, satellite network operations and programme management.

Option Period One’s base performance period commenced on 15 April 2018 and ends on 14 April 2019.

The contract also offers three additional twelve-month option periods that are exercisable by the General Services Administration.

The services are provided by the company through a firm fixed price (FFP) contract with time and materials (T&M) and cost reimbursement elements.