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Comtech demonstrates new Blue Force Tracking-2 High Capacity (BFT-2 HC) interoperability and multimo

Comtech demonstrates new Blue Force Tracking-2 High Capacity (BFT-2 HC) interoperability and multimode solution

Comtech Telecommunications has announced that during its first quarter of fiscal 2019, its Maryland-based subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation, which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, demonstrated the first leg of its Blue-Force Tracking-2 High Capacity (“BFT-2 HC”) multimode solution at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. This new multimode solution was designed by Comtech and demonstrated that its BFT-2 HC mobile satellite transceivers can provide for alternative communication paths to improve resiliency and communications.

The demonstration showed the exchange of BFT data between both Joint Battle Command-Platform (“JBC-P”) and Joint Capabilities Release (“JCR”) and Comtech’s BFT-2 HC mobile satellite transceivers, operating over a geostationary satellite, and a dismount application, operating over a low earth orbit satellite constellation. The data exchange included position information as well as a variety of Command and Control (“C2”) message types.

Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp., said, "I believe integrating both geostationary satellites and low earth orbit satellites into our BFT network, greatly improves both network resiliency and geographical coverage as well as offers reduced operating costs. Comtech is committed to continuing to evolve our BFT capabilities in order to deliver cutting edge solutions to address emerging threats.”

Comtech currently provides sustaining support for the BFT-1 system and previously shipped over 100,000 BFT-1 mobile satellite transceivers. As previously announced, Comtech received an initial $11.7 million order for its next generation mobile satellite transceivers in support of the U.S. Army’s BFT-2 system. Deliveries of such orders began during Comtech’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.

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