Comtech recives contract modification to support U.S. Army PMMC, BFT2 programs

MELVILLE, N.Y. To support the U.S. Army Project Manager Mission Command (PMMC) and the Blue Force Tracking 2 (BFT-2) program, Consortium Management Group (CMG) officials modified an existing contract with Comtech Telecommunications Corps.'s command and control technologies group with a estimated value of $3.7 million.

This modification provides funding for Phase 1B following the Phase 1 execution in September 2017. The objective of both Phase 1 and 1B is to port additional onto the current -2 transceiver to allow it to be used in austere operational environments. The final objective requires the ability to quickly change to different waveforms based on changing operational environments and requirements. Upon Phase 2 and 3 execution, the total value for all Phases is $6.5 million.

The contract vehicle utilized for this award is pursuant to an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) between C5 and the U.S. Army Contracting Command-New Jersey. The OTA enables the U.S. Army to direct a coordinated research and development program designed to develop prototype command, control, communications and computer technologies directly relevant to weapon systems information technologies.

BFT-2 is the second-generation U.S. Army system that provides Situational Awareness (SA) and Command & Control (C2) messaging to U.S. Military platforms, and to Coalition Forces designated by the U.S. Combatant Commands. It uses GPS for Positioning, Navigation and network timing, and commercial satellites (L-Band) to exchange both SA and C2 messages between the platforms.

C5 represents industry and academia brought together to enhance the U.S. Government's weapon systems and information technologies by leveraging the national industrial and academic research and development bases to advance and expand the nation's military technological superiority in the critical fields of Command, Control, Communications and Computer Technologies.

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