US-based NIC4, a division of Network Innovations Group, has received a foreign military sales (FMS) delivery contract for the Iraq Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) very small aperture terminal (VSAT) Phase One programme.
The five-year single award indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract was awarded through ACC-APG customer Communications-Electronic Command (CECOM) Security Assistance Management Directorate (SAMD).
NIC4 CEO Chad Gatlin said: “NIC4’s unique contribution to the Iraq MOD is our experienced team members and network sustainment expertise.
“The competition for this US Army FMS case to the satellite integrator industry was immense, and we are pleased to be chosen as the partner of choice to deliver our exceptional services to the programme.”
Under the contract, the company will sustain and support the VSAT network by providing knowledge-based associated services such as satellite-bandwidth services for fixed and mobile users, and OCONUS backup VSAT hub services.
In addition, the company will offer internet access over the VSAT network, satellite transition services and equipment, public internet protocol (IP) addresses, in addition to annual maintenance and sustainment support.
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In a statement, NIC4 said: “Enabling the Iraqi Government to utilise satellite connectivity as part of the government’s rebuilding is significant in coordinating military and strategic operations.
“Running critical communications over satellite networks reduces the Iraqi Government’s dependency on vulnerable terrestrial infrastructure and ensures military and strategic services are operational at all times.”
Work under the contract will be carried out in locations determined with each order. It is expected to be completed on 31 January 2024.