Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Receives $2.5 Million Purchase Order Amendment for NATO Force Tracking System
MELVILLE, N.Y., Feb 06, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL) announced today that its Maryland-based subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation, received a purchase order amendment totaling $2.5 million to its ongoing NATO Afghanistan Force Tracking System (NATO AFTS) subcontract with Globecomm Systems Inc. Orders received by Comtech under the NATO AFTS subcontract total $4.4 Million.
Under the terms of the amended order, CMDC will develop and deliver an interoperability extension to the Force Tracking System member of its family of geoOpsTM software products. The new feature set will support bi-directional blue force track data exchange between AFTS and participating NATO Nation Force Tracking Systems (FTS). This additional AFTS capability will give the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ground forces near real-time heads-up map visibility of all friendly forces operating within the Afghanistan Theatre.
Using the recently-approved NATO Friendly Force Information (NFFI) data exchange protocol, different force tracking systems, such as the U.S. FBCB2 Blue Force Tracker and AFTS will exchange friendly (blue force) position information and seamlessly display that information on their individual tactical situational awareness screens. ISAF soldiers from 37 nations will receive up-to-the-minute latitude/longitude information for all participating friendly forces in the region, a feature that significantly enhances each force's ability to avoid "friendly fire" or "blue-on-blue" engagements.
This integrated toolset will provide critical enhancements to command and control, battlefield situational awareness and the "synchronization of forces," a key element in all coalition operations. The initial work on this effort is expected to conclude in April 2007, with the final delivery of a full Joint Variable Message Format (JVMF) interface capability expected in the fall of 2007.
Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp., said, "We are extremely pleased to receive this order, expanding the capabilities and use of our geoOpsTM software products within the NATO force structure."
Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation, a Germantown, Maryland-based company, is engaged in the provision of satellite-based packet data communication systems and location and messaging services. To learn more about Comtech Mobile Datacom, please visit the company's website at www.comtechmobile.com.
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The Company believes many of its solutions play a vital role in providing or enhancing communication capabilities when terrestrial communications infrastructure is unavailable or ineffective. The Company conducts business through three complementary segments: telecommunications transmission, mobile data communications and RF microwave amplifiers. The Company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets. The Company believes it is a market leader in the market segments that it serves.
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