The US Army has awarded a contract to Comtech Telecommunications Corporation to provide support services for the force XXI battle command brigade and below – blue force tracking (FBCB2-BFT) programme.

Under the $20.6m contract, Comtech will continue to provide support of all existing deployed BFT satellite channels for a six-month period, and a new channel for a nine-month period.

The company also supports testing of a new version of BFT software (version 6.5), which would allow current BFT users to operate at higher data rates.

Comtech has successfully tested its BFT-HC ground mobile and aviation transceiver and network solution, which is ready for field deployment to serve US Army soldiers operating in a challenging mobile environment.

The contract has been awarded under an existing $243.5m BFT contract with the US Army Communications Electronics Command.