Harris wins US Army’s $218m follow-on WSOTS-2 contract

21 December 2018 (Last Updated December 21st, 2018 12:55)

Harris Corporation has been awarded the Wideband Satellite Communications Operations and Technical Support II (WSOTS-2) contract by the US Army.

Harris wins US Army’s $218m follow-on WSOTS-2 contract
Harris to operate and sustain 21 wideband satellite operations centres around the world. Credit: US Army / Carrie E David.

Harris Corporation has been awarded the Wideband Satellite Communications Operations and Technical Support II (WSOTS-2) contract by the US Army.

Valued at approximately $218m, the follow-on contract will allow the company to continue delivering support and services for wideband satellite communications mission.

Under the contract, Harris will offer services that include operations and maintenance, lifecycle engineering, on-site technical assistance, logistics, cybersecurity, training, and sustainment.

Harris space superiority vice-president and general manager Chris Forseth said: “Harris assists the army with all facets of wideband SATCOM support, helping to keep these global communications systems performing so that warfighters are protected and get the information they need to stay connected and ensure mission success.”

“The US Army has 21 wideband satellite operations centres (WSOCs) and management sites, which provide troops across the globe with critical communications.”

Recently, the company noted that it executed the first WSOTS $160m contract.

Harris has been providing the US Army and other customers with ground systems, on-orbit assets and global communications networking for more than 30 years.

The US Army has 21 wideband satellite operations centres (WSOCs) and management sites, which provide troops across the globe with critical communications.

These WSOCs provide transmissions monitoring and satellite payload control for the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) III and Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite constellations.

The centres give guidance and instruction to terminals using the DSCS and WGS constellations. The WGS space segment is programmed to be a ten-satellite constellation.

The WGS, which support the crossbanding of X and Ka bands, form a key part of a new high-capacity satellite communications system that provides enhanced communications capability to troops in the field.