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COM DEV Awarded with Follow-On Contract for US Government Satellite Program

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November 26, 2012

COM DEV Awarded with Follow-On Contract for US Government Satellite Program

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

COM DEV International (News - Alert) Ltd. recently won a follow-on contract from a major U.S. government satellite program and the project is said to cost about $19 million. This new contract was awarded to COM DEV to offer active and passive microwave equipment in support of a major U.S. government procurement.

The officials at COM DEV said that they have received the funding to cover initial engineering and procurement activities for two additional flight sets of equipment, with the balance of the contract expected to be placed by the end of January 2013.

"We are pleased with this contract win which now covers work on six flights of this program," said Mike Williams, president of COM DEV International Products in Cambridge. "This demonstrates the reliability of our equipment and customer's confidence in our ability to achieve their project goals."

Rob Spurrett, president of COM DEV Europe in Aylesbury, U.K. added, "We are very proud that secure communications technologies developed in the U.K. continue to be valued by the U.S."

The new project will be accomplished at the company's facilities in Cambridge, Ontario and Aylesbury, with project completion expected by November 2015.

With facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, COM DEV manufactures advanced products and subsystems that are sold to major satellite prime contractors for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and military satellites.

The company has also won another Authorization to Proceed (ATP (News - Alert)) contract to begin work on a project to deliver Ku-band and Ka-band multiplexers, switches and microwave components.

The first funding release of $7 million is to cover the initial engineering and procurement activities. The components will be used in a communications satellite to provide additional and incremental capacity for Direct-to-Home (DTH) programming. The full contract value is expected to be in excess of $15 million and work will be carried out at the company's facility in Cambridge, Ontario with completion expected by March 2014.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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