Army in mobile satellite terminal deal with DataPath

The Army Communications-Electronics Command in Fort Monmouth, N.J., has awarded a $96 million contract to DataPath Inc. to deliver 157 trailer-based satellite terminals in support of the Army's Joint Network Node initiative, company officials said this week.

DataPath of Duluth, Ga., also provided engineering design and certification services to customize the earth terminals to meet the Army's mission requirements. The contract covers associated technical support, soldier training and spares.

DataPath 3000'the model chosen for the project'is a compact, trailer-based satellite earth terminal that enables secure voice and data communications where no infrastructure exists.

Deployed in Iraq, the Joint Network Node initiative is a network-centric communications architecture which provides portable communications to the Army's 3rd Infantry, 101st Airborne, 4th Infantry and 10th Mountain divisions.

The new contract expands the existing deployments to the 1st Cavalry, 25th Infantry and 82nd Airborne divisions and multiple Army National Guard units.

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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