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Inmarsat gets $450M satellite contract

Navy commcercial satellite service illustration

An illustration depicts the Navy’s plan for commercial satellite services.


The Defense Information  Systems Agency has awarded Inmarsat Government potential $450 million contract to provide a variety of commercial satellite services to the Navy.

The contract, for one year with four one-year options, calls for global satellite communications services in the C, Ku, Ka, and X bands for mobile and fixed satellite transceivers on maritime, airborne and ground platforms, according to the contract announcement.

The Navy uses the Commercial Broadband Satellite Program to augment its government-owned satellite communications with end-to-end services in support of naval “points of presence.” The contract calls for support of up to 150 full-period, full-duplex connections between a point of presence and the end-user terminal through the means of satellite, commercial teleport and backhaul telecommunications connectivity.

The contract, awarded to Segovia doing business as Inmarsat Government, begins this week with a minimum award to $150,000.

By acquiring the services through DISA, the Navy is keeping in line with Defense Department policy of using the agency for procurement of all commercial satellite services, somethingnot all DOD components have been doing.

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