Raytheon Australia has awarded a contract to L-3 Communications to supply satellite communication (Satcom) terminals to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Awarded as part of Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B1, the $81.8m contract covers delivery of 236 very small aperture terminals (VSATs), additional support equipment, and training, and includes an option to acquire additional terminals and equipment.
Global Communications Solutions (GCS) and Linkabit will supply Hawkeye and Panther family of VSAT terminals, integrated with latter's MPM family of modems.
These terminals are expected to allow the ADF ground troops to benefit from increased data rates and a higher level of network performance.
L-3 GCS and L-3 Tactical Satcom sector president Bob Jacobson said: "The L-3 GCS Satcom terminals are attractive to the Australian military for a number of reasons, including their certification for use on the WGS and their reputation within the US Department of Defense for quality, performance and reliability."
L-3 Communication Systems group president John Mega said: "This contract is a significant international win for L-3 and demonstrates the cross-division synergies that enhance our expertise at L-3 GCS and L-3 Linkabit.
"As we expand these product lines and increase L-3's footprint in the international Satcom market, we will continue to collaborate with our customers to develop benchmark communication systems that anticipate and exceed their well-defined needs efficiently and affordably."
Hardware deliveries under the contract are anticipated to be completed this year.
The latest contract comes as a follow-on to the $35m Joint Project 2008 Phase 3H contract secured by the company in March 2013 for the supply of 54 Hawkeye III Lite VSATs and support equipment to the Australian military.
The Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B1project covers the acquisition of transportable land terminals capable of adequately supporting deployed headquarters to equip ADF elements, while also upgrading existing satellite communications fitted on the Royal Australian Navy platforms.