Florida-based Harris has won a contract with Boeing Satellite Systems to supply specialist satellite communications equipment to the US Department of Defence (DoD).

Harris (Hall 3, Stand F13) will supply Ka-band spot antennas for the DoD's Wideband Gapfiller Satellite (WGS) programme, which aims to provide greater wideband communications capabilities than available with current systems.

Sleighton Meyer, marketing and communications manager with Harris, says: "This contract follows the $300,000 deal agreed with Boeing in January to provide engineering and technical support to ensure existing ground terminals were compatible with WGS satellite communication payloads.

"Now we've been asked to supply two sets of five antennas and feed systems for each of two satellites and there could be more as the US Government has an option to build up to six satellites, which would be worth an estimated $30 million to us.

"The Ka-Band spot antenna system with its steerable graphite antennas is a relatively new addition to our product portfolio and by constantly adding new products helps us maintain our market leadership."

Source: Flight Daily News