The US Army has awarded a $47.8m award to Envistacom to support the Deployable Ku Band Earth Terminal (DKET) programme.

The three-year task order was awarded under the Deployable Adaptive Global Responder Support (DAGRS) indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.

The contract is valued at up to $480m over a period of five years.

DKET is managed by the US Army’s Product Manager Satellite Communications (PdM SATCOM), which handles the service’s programmes related to tactical multi-channel satellite ground and commercial terminals.

The task order will include installation, relocation, integration, training and upgrades.

Envistacom will provide these services for new, legacy and current DKETs, DKET LT and mobile DKET.

The company will assist PdM SATCOM in upgrading existing terminals. The order also covers new terminals, spares, interface equipment and services.

Envistacom Sales senior vice-president Nelson Santini said: “Envistacom will help support the army’s PdM SATCOM achieve its modernisation goals through the implementation of virtualisation, and other new technologies.

“We have built a strong rapport with the army, and we are pleased to be selected for such an important programme providing satellite transmission capability within the department of defence global network for almost 20 years.”

The firm will provide deployable SATCOM terminal antennas that will operate in Ka, Ku and X-Band frequencies.

DKET enables long-haul transmissions for the US Central Command (CENTCOM) and US African Command (Africom ).

DKETs are designed for use at larger hub locations. They can enhance the tactical communications network infrastructure of the army.