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Communications & Power Industries receives $3.8 million to support US Navy satellite terminals with broadband capabilities

6th April 2010 - 09:20 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Communications & Power Industries, Inc. (CPI), a subsidiary of CPI International, Inc., has been awarded a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract by Harris Corporation to support the US Navy's Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP). To date, CPI has received $3.8 million in orders to provide satellite communications amplifiers for the Force Level Variant (FLV, for large ships) and Unit Level Variant (ULV, for medium-sized ships) portions of the military communications program.

Under the contract, CPI is providing C-band, Ku-band and Tri-band (capable of operating at C-band, X-band and Ku-band frequencies) outdoor amplifiers for Harris' shipboard satellite communications terminals for CBSP. Work is being performed at CPI's Satcom Division in Georgetown, Ontario and Microwave Power Products Division in Palo Alto, Calif. CPI is a leading provider of microwave, radio frequency, power and control solutions for critical defense, communications, medical, scientific and other applications.

CBSP is expected to provide a tenfold increase in broadband communications capabilities for ships at sea, enabling faster and greater transmission of voice, video and data. CBSP satellite communications terminals will augment the US Navy's existing military satellite communications, supporting essential mission requirements and permitting seagoing warfighters to share information and intelligence more quickly and efficiently. The terminals are also intended to improve the quality of life for these warfighters by increasing shipboard access to email, Web browsing, Voice over IP (VoIP) and other online activities.

Under its satellite communications roadmap strategy, the US Navy intends to consolidate the number of existing satellite communication terminal programs from five programs to two: CBSP and the Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT) program. CPI provides amplifiers to support both CBSP and NMT.

Source: CPI


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