Millitech Awarded $3.7M contract by CERDEC for the Development of the Next Generation SATCOM On The
Millitech, Inc. has received a $3.7M award for the design and development of a next generation Satellite Communications on the Move (SOTM) antenna system. The award is from the Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC) and includes the delivery of five prototype systems. The antenna systems are mounted on moving vehicles such as HMMWV's. The novel Active Quasioptic Array (AQA) antenna system will significantly increase currently available communication capabilities.
The patent pending AQA antenna combines the best features of conventional and phased array antenna technology to provide unprecedented performance at an affordable price. To provide full hemispheric coverage, the AQA antenna is combined with a precision mobile antenna positioner supplied by TECOM Industries Inc.
"The system is designed to supply crucial information to our soldiers, in their vehicles, while moving at full speed over very rough terrain," stated Kent Whitney, President and COO of Millitech. "It is one of the most critical technologies for the next generation of communication systems and has both military and commercial applications."
The award reflects years of internal design efforts funded by the Army Research Labs (ARL) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program and design capabilities fostered by the Center for Advanced Sensor and Communication Antennas (CASCA) at the University of Massachusetts.
The award is for two years with an optional third year for support of the prototypes.
Millitech, Inc. is a Massachusetts-based business which specializes in the design and manufacturing of millimeter wave components, assemblies and fully integrated antenna positioning systems for satellite communications, radar, passive imaging, space and remote sensing applications. Millitech, Inc. is a Smiths Interconnect business. Smiths Interconnect is part of the global technology business Smiths Group.
For more information about Millitech, call (413) 582-9620 or visit the company's web site at www.millitech.com. Also visit www.smiths-group.com.
TECOM Industries, Inc. is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA; the company designs and manufactures antennas and antenna systems for the aerospace, military, SATCOM and commercial wireless markets. TECOM's antenna products are used for Telemetry, SATCOM, Asset Tracking, Electronic Warfare, Direction Finding, Data Links, Positioning Systems and Embedded Commercial Wireless Applications. TECOM Industries is a Smiths Interconnect business. Smiths Interconnect is part of the global technology business Smiths Group.
For more information about TECOM, call (866) 840-8550 or visit the company's web site at www.tecom-ind.com.