Marines buying next-gen switch modules

The Marine Corps will pay $240 million to EDO Corp. of New York City to procure up to 476 next-generation, transition switch modules.

The Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va., competitively awarded the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to fund the equipment. The modules provide digital voice, video and data communications to deployed Marine Corps units.

The work EDO will perform includes engineering design, production, testing and training.

The transition switch modules are a key element in the Marine Corps' transition from legacy tri-service tactical switches to current commercial technology, according to an EDO release.

The modules provide three functions: the deployable end office suite, the remote subscriber access module and the deployable integrated transport suite.

The deployable end office suit will bring voice circuit switching and call service attendant capabilities. The remote subscriber extends telephone and data services to remote users, and the deployable integrated transport suite will provide bandwidth management, multiplexing, data distribution and technical control features.

Work will be performed in Wando, S.C., and is expected to be completed by September 2011.

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