The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of very small aperture terminal (VSAT) operations and maintenance services along with related equipment to Iraq Government.
Under the estimated $125m FMS, Iraq has requested the supply of VSAT operations and maintenance services, equipment installation services, upgraded VSAT managed and leased bandwidth, as well as video teleconferencing equipment.
The package also includes supply of 75 VSAT equipment suites, which comprises 1.8m VSAT terminals, block-up converters (BUCs), low-noise down converters (LNBs), required cables and components, iDirect e8350 modem, network operation and dynamic bandwidth equipment and iMonitor software.
Iraq is also seeking spares and repair parts, tools, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, as well as other associated elements of logistics and programme support.
The potential sale will improve the Iraqi military’s foundational capabilities and supports its self-defence requirements as the equipment and services will be used to provide command and control for its the country’s armed forces.
As well as supporting the development of Iraqi Defense Network’s (IDN) VSAT terminals, the sale also contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the US by directly enhancing the security of an ally country.
3Di Technologies and L-3 Communications will serve as prime contractors for the FMS programme.
The VSAT is a two-way satellite ground station, or stabilised maritime VSAT antenna, equipped with a small dish antenna, and has been designed to help satellites in geosynchronous orbit in transmission of data from small remote earth stations to other terminals or master earth station hubs.