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L3Harris Technologies has received a $100m contract from the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for very small aperture terminals (VSATs) upgrade.

Under the five-year contract, a total of around 550 L3Harris Hawkeye III Lite VSATs will be overhauled to increase their service life.

The contract will see the company delivering updates related to hardware, software and warranty for the satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals. It will contribute to significant monetary savings.

L3Harris Technologies Global Communication Systems (GCS) president Chris Aebli said: “This agreement extends the service life of our customer’s existing terminals and highlights the priority USSOCOM places on ensuring their deployed users are equipped with the latest in VSAT technology.”

The Hawkeye III Lite VSAT is a lightweight, tri-band flyaway system with quick-deployment ability. It is an auto-acquire terminal and used by the Special Operations Forces for direct communication from remote locations.

The US Army has taken delivery of more than 4,000 Hawkeye VSATs to date.

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L3Harris GCS is already supporting a condition-based refurbishment programme for the service and providing the latest upgrades.

US Senator Charles Schumer said: “Rochester’s L3Harris Technologies has the best workforce, and the US Special Operations Command’s $100m five-year contract will only boost it even further.

“I’ve been proud to help L3Harris Technologies secure a level playing field to compete and grow its business in Rochester, so it can continue to boost the region’s economy, create jobs and provide critical technology to our military.”

In May 2015, Raytheon Australia signed a $81.8m contract with L3Harris for the procurement of 236 VSATs and additional support equipment for the Australian Defence Force.