Comtech secures contract extension for US SPAWAR’s ATIP programme

16 March 2016 (Last Updated March 16th, 2016 18:30)

Comtech Telecommunications has announced the award of a contract extension from US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).

Comtech Telecommunications has announced the award of a contract extension from US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).

Valued at $3.1m and awarded to the company's subsidiary Comtech EF Data, the new order will see the firm deliver additional advanced time division multiple access (TDMA) interface processor (ATIP) production terminals.

The company will deliver upgrades to the advanced extremely high frequency system through dynamic bandwidth management, support for higher XRD date rates, and an increased throughput capacity.

“This is the third year of four planned production awards as the navy moves forward in modernising its protected SATCOM systems.”

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.

The ATIP is a Layer-2 Ethernet which integrates the device installed on ship, shore and submarine platforms in the navy multiband terminal (NMT).

It has facilitated enhancements to the advanced extremely high frequency (AEHF) system's performance by providing 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.

Comtech Telecommunications president and CEO Dr Stanton Sloane said: "This is the third year of four planned production awards as the navy moves forward in modernising its protected SATCOM systems.

"Given our validated performance and the navy's confidence in Comtech, it will continue the deployment of ATIP throughout its fleet."

Last year, Comtech EF Data was awarded a contract extension worth $6.4m from the SPAWAR to introduce an adaptive coding capability under ATIP programme.