US Army awards blue-force tracking programme support contract to Comtech

8 April 2015 (Last Updated April 8th, 2015 18:30)

Comtech Telecommunications has been awarded a contract to continue support for the US Army's Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below-Year Blue-Force Tracking (BFT)-1 programme

BFT tracker

Comtech Telecommunications has been awarded a contract to continue support for the US Army's Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below-Year Blue-Force tracking (BFT)-1 programme.

The $19.8m award represents the first option under Comtech Mobile Datacom's three-year BFT-1 sustainment contract and related BFT-1 intellectual property licence agreement awarded in April 2014.

Under the additional contract, which takes the total value of the original award to $68.5m, the company will continue to provide sustainment support for the programme.

The funding includes $10m for the army to continue to licence certain of the company's BFT-1 intellectual property, with the remaining funding designated for engineering services and satellite network operations, where the company is paid on a cost-plus-fixed-fee basis, and programme management services, which if paid for on a firm-fixed-price basis.

Comtech Telecommunications president and chief executive officer Dr Stanton Sloane said: "We are pleased that Comtech and the US Army will continue to work together to sustain this critical worldwide military communications system.

"The receipt of these contracts further demonstrates the ongoing importance of the US Army's BFT-1 satellite tracking communication system."

"We are pleased that Comtech and the US Army will continue to work together to sustain this critical worldwide military communications system."

Work under the latest contract began earlier this month and is scheduled to be completed by March 2016.

The two original contracts include one remaining one-year option period that can be exercised by the army.

If the army exercises the $10m option year two of the intellectual property licence agreement that runs from April 2016 through March 2017, it will receive a limited non-exclusive right to use certain of the company's intellectual property even after completion of the contract for no additional intellectual property license fee.

The BFT-1 programme is a battle-command real-time situational awareness and control system that provides military commanders and forces with location information about friendly and hostile forces.


Image: A US Army soldier prepares the Humvee's Blue-Force tracker before departing Camp Victory in Iraq. Photo: courtesy of petty officer first class Brien Aho, US Navy.