DISA renews satellite comms deal with Iridium

The Defense Information Systems Agency has renewed a mobile satellite services contract with Iridium Satellite.

DISA said the multi-year, sole-source Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services contract could be worth as much as $400 million. The contract calls for Iridium, McLean, Va., to provide voice, data and Distributed Tactical Communications System services for an “unlimited number of federal government subscribers,” DISA said.

Iridium said the contract will also allow government users to use the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, dubbed NEXT, which is scheduled for launch in early 2015.

“We expect the DOD’s needs for satellite communication services will continue to grow over the next 5 to 10 years,” Scott Scheimreif, Iridium’s executive vice president for government programs, said in a statement.

Iridium said government subscribers account for 20 percent of the satellite communication provider’s revenues.

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