Globecomm Systems will provide communication services and on-site support for the US military’s GPS-based Blue Force tracking system under a $9.1m contract awarded by NATO.

The force tracking system provides high levels of tracking data and messaging traffic for Nato in Afghanistan.

In addition, the system also enables Nato to locate its personnel, identify other multinational forces during routine and operational situations.

The GPS-based system also plays a vital role in identifying friendly forces and helps prevent friendly fire or blue-on-blue incidents.

The Globecomm-developed and installed GPS-based Blue Force tracking system is based on a friendly force identifier standard for Nato in Afghanistan, currently provided under nearly $35m contracts, bringing the overall contract value to about $44m.