Harris to continue support for US Army’s MET programme

1 November 2012 (Last Updated November 1st, 2012 03:50)

Harris has been awarded a contract to continue supply of advanced military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) terminals to the US Army, as part of its modernisation of enterprise terminals (MET) programme.

Harris has been awarded a contract to continue supply of advanced military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) terminals to the US Army, as part of its modernisation of enterprise terminals (MET) programme.

The latest $50.5m award forms part of a potential $600m indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) MET contract secured by the company in 2009, and brings the total value of MET contracts awarded to date to $264m.

Under the new contract, Harris will deliver additional large fixed and transportable X-/Ka-band terminals, to provide the army with a worldwide backbone for high-priority military communications and missile defence systems.

"The MET programme has successfully completed all required testing for SATCOM certification of this new generation of strategic, multiband terminals, which provide critical reach-back capability for soldiers in the field."

Additional deliveries include common electronics equipment and spare parts to support both the terminals installation operator training programmes.

Harris Government Communications Systems Aerospace Systems vice president Bill Gattle said the MET terminal had been designed to provide soldiers with high-performance, cost-effective solutions for their MILSATCOM requirements.

"The MET programme has successfully completed all required testing for SATCOM certification of this new generation of strategic, multiband terminals, which provide critical reach-back capability for soldiers in the field," Gattle added.

Managed by the Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS), the MET contract has a five-year performance period, with one five-year option period for production, terminals installation, and supply of depot and engineering services.

As part of the programme, Harris is scheduled to replace up to 80 AN/GSC-52, AN/GSC-39, AN/FSC-78 and other ageing strategic satellite communications terminals operating globally with new X-band or simultaneous X-/Ka-band terminals.

The terminals are capable of supporting internet protocol and dedicated circuit connectivity within the global information grid to deliver a critical "reach-back" capability, which will be used by troops to communicate back with the main base or commands in remote locations.

Harris has already completed installations at Fort Belvoir in Virginia and Fort Detrick in Maryland, US. The terminals are currently advancing toward transition to their operations commands.