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Harris to Deliver Shipboard Satellite Communications Terminals to the Canadian Navy

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April 12, 2011

Harris to Deliver Shipboard Satellite Communications Terminals to the Canadian Navy

By Deepika Mala, TMCnet Contributor

The Canadian Government has awarded Harris Corporation (News - Alert), an international communications and information technology company, with a $2 million contract for shipboard satellite communications terminals. 

The contract marks Harris' first international sale of its maritime wideband terminals, which are a mainstay of communications onboard U.S. Navy vessels.

According to the terms of the Canadian Short Term Satellite Communications Upgrade contract, Harris will deliver terminals that offer both X- and Ku-band capabilities. With the help of these terminals, the Canadian Navy will be able to reduce expensive dial-up lease costs and significantly increase shipboard bandwidth capacity.

The increased bandwidth will enable morale-enhancing connectivity to the Internet, video and other high-speed, broadband services for personnel onboard Canadian Navy frigates, as well as augment support of strategic military communications.

Harris terminals will also equip the Canadian Navy with affordable, global access to a variety of military and commercial satellite networks.

In a press release, Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems (News - Alert), said: "Harris is the leading wideband communications provider to the U.S. Navy, and we are proud to be selected by the Canadian Government to provide this new generation of shipboard communications capability to their fleet.

"This contract represents a strategic international win for our defense business – driven by the affordability of our advanced technology, and our ability to make immediate deliveries that fully meet our customer's deployment needs," Fox added.

In related news, Harris,  an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in over 150 countries, has received a $5.5 million order to supply additional Falcon II AN/VRC-103 multiband, multi-mission vehicular radio systems to the U.S. Department of Defense for use in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles.

Deepika Mala is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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