Monday, June 23, 2008

U.S. Army Awards DataPath $3.7 Million to Provide Satellite Communications Hubs for Joint Forces in Afghanistan

PRNewswire-- DataPath, Inc., a leading provider of satellite and wireless communications networks around the world, has been awarded $3.7 million by the U.S. Army to manufacture and install DataPath DKET LT satellite communications hubs in support of the U.S. military Joint Task Force in Afghanistan. The systems will be deployed by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) to deliver high-bandwidth voice, video and data connectivity that provides the SATCOM network in the region with global reach.

DataPath has worked with the U.S. military since 1998 to build the DKET network. With this order, the DKET network will include more than 75 advanced SATCOM hubs that serve as a vital communications backbone for U.S. military operations around the world. The DataPath DKET LT is a highly transportable, self-contained earth terminal that establishes headquarters-level network-hub connectivity anywhere the mission demands. DKET systems feature MaxView(R) network management software and are supported by DataPath's experienced field support personnel that work side by side with deployed warfighters.

"The DKET network is a key to deploying advanced command and control communications networks anywhere in the world," said Steve Lindeman, vice president and general manager of DataPath Integrated Solutions. "U.S. forces first deployed DataPath DKETs in Afghanistan in 2001 to establish the military network where there was no infrastructure, and we have continued to incorporate the latest technology and improve the systems with our military customers. DKET systems have had a remarkable track record, thanks to the warfighters and DataPath technical experts that take great pride in keeping these systems reliably operating under any conditions."

Program Manager WIN-T's Commercial SATCOM Terminal Program (CSTP) at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command in Fort Monmouth, N.J. made the award through the CSTP Blanket Purchase Agreement contract.

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