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July 8, 2015

Comtech receives contract extension for US SPAWAR’s ATIP programme

Comtech Telecommunications’ subsidiary Comtech EF Data has received a contract extension from the US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).

By Samseer M

Comtech Telecommunications’ subsidiary Comtech EF Data has received a contract extension from the US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).

Valued at $4m, the new order will see Comtech deliver additional advanced time division multiple access (TDMA) interface processor (ATIP) production terminals.

The initial agreement was signed in April 2013 and included the delivery of an ATIP Layer-2 Ethernet bridging device to replace the navy’s legacy TDMA interface processor. Comtech completed delivery under the initial contract earlier this year.

Comtech Telecommunications president and CEO Dr Stanton Sloane said: "This award was made possible by our successful completion of the initial ATIP development effort and delivery of the first year of production units.

"We are proud to continue to support and enhance the capabilities of the navy’s communications system."

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"We are proud to continue to support and enhance the capabilities of the navy’s communications system."

Equipped aboard ship, shore, and submarine platforms in the navy multiband terminal (NMT), the ATIP will provide transparent bridging capabilities among internet protocol users that are geographically distributed and connected through Milstar medium data rate (MDR), advanced extremely high-frequency MDR/extended data rate (XDR) or enhanced polar XDR links.

SPAWAR has already funded $24.9m of the $40.2m total potential contract value of the ATIP programme.

In February, Comtech EF Data received a $6.4m contract award extension from the SPAWAR to implement an adaptive coding capability under ATIP programme.

Under this extension, the firm is responsible to deliver improvements to the advanced extremely high frequency system through dynamic bandwidth management, support for higher XRD date rates, and increased throughput capacity.

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