U.K. Ministry of Defence looks to Comtech for troposcatter communications gear

AUGUST 20, 16:55 EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Comtech Systems Inc. of Orlando, Fla., won a $5.9 million order for tactical over-the-horizon microwave troposcatter communications equipment for the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense.

The equipment will be part of an overall communications network being developed by Cogent Communications for the U.K.'s Rapid Reaction Force -- otherwise known as the JRRF.

The Cogent system includes voice, data, and ATM switching and network management subsystems, as well as a miniature GSM mobile communications system and a long-range over-the-horizon microwave troposcatter system.

The Comtech order is for six shelter-mounted tactical digital over-the-horizon microwave systems to include over-the-horizon microwave troposcatter radio modems, high-power amplifiers, antenna systems, and trailer-mounted electric-generating equipment.

The U.K. Defense Ministry's Procurement Agency encouraged the use off-the-shelf technology to achieve quick delivery of a system that meets cost and performance requirements, Comtech officials say.

For more information contact Comtech Systems Inc. by phone at 407-854-1950, by fax at 407-851-6960, by e-mail at Info@comtechtel.com, by post at 2900 Titan Row, Suite 142, Orlando, Fla. 32809, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.comtechsystems.com.

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