US company Peraton has won a $14.9m ground-based midcourse defence (GMD) secure communications operations and maintenance (SCOM) contract from the 59th Signal Battalion of the US Army.

Under the five-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity GMD SCOM contract, Peraton will operate and maintain defence satellite communications system (DSCS) military strategic, tactical and relay (MILSTAR) and defence red switch network (DRSN) equipment and terminals at Fort Greely, Alaska, US.

The contract will support the provision of secure end-to-end communications connectivity by the Missile Defense Agency to the US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, 311th Signal Command Theater, 516th Signal Brigade and 59th Signal Battalion.

Peraton space, intelligence and cyber president Roger Mason said: “We are enthusiastic to continue our long-standing support of this vital national security mission.

“Peraton has been performing this work since 2009, with GMD SCOM representing the third successive contract award, now extending our trusted partnership for an additional five years.”

The DSCS constellation provides communications for the army’s ground mobile forces, the airforce’s airborne terminals, navy ships, the White House Communications Agency, the US State Department and other users across the world.

Previously, the Peraton team has been recognised as the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) pacific facility of the year six times and as DISA global facility of the year in 2014 in the DSCS category.

With expertise in satellite communications, MILSTAR and DRSN, Peraton delivers performance excellence in advancing mission success.

The company, based in Herndon, Virginia, US, provides innovative, reliable solutions to the nation’s sensitive and mission-critical programmes and systems. It employs more than 3,000 people across the US and Canada.