Harris to supply additional terminals for US Army’s MET programme

22 July 2015 (Last Updated July 22nd, 2015 18:30)

Harris has received a contract to supply additional advanced satellite communications terminals under the US Army's Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) programme.

Harris has received a contract to supply additional advanced satellite communications terminals under the US Army's Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) programme.

The $45m contract requires the company to supply additional terminals, including large fixed X / Ka-band terminals and small fixed X/ Ka-band terminals, and brings the total MET orders awarded by the army to approximately $450m.

Originally awarded in 2009, the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity MET contract has a ceiling value of $800m, and includes a five-year base period and a five-year option period for production, as well as installation, depot and engineering services to support fielding of the terminals.

Harris Electronic Systems president Ed Zoiss said: "MET represents the state-of-the-art in strategic, multiband terminals, which will provide communications reach-back capability to decision makers in the US for military personnel deployed worldwide.

"The MET terminal provides the warfighter with high-performance, cost effective solutions for their military satellite communications needs."

"The MET terminal provides the warfighter with high-performance, cost effective solutions for their military satellite communications needs."

The latest order also covers common electronics equipment, spares, and engineering services to support the installation and test of the terminals and operator training.

Under the MET programme, Harris is replacing up to 80 AN/GSC-52, AN/GSC-39, AN/FSC-78, and other aging strategic satellite communications terminals with new X-band or simultaneous X / Ka-band terminals.

As the prime contractor for the programme, the company is also supporting field activities, such as site preparation, installation, and testing.

The next-generation military satellite communications terminals are expected to provide a worldwide backbone for high-priority military communications and missile defence systems, and will interface with both the Wideband Global Satellite constellation and legacy satellite systems.

The programme is managed by the Project Manager, Defense Communications, and Army Transmission Systems. Multiple installations are underway worldwide, with several complete and transitioned to their respective operations commands.