Comtech wins US Army funding for upgraded BFT satellite terminal
Comtech Telecommunications’ Command & Control Technologies group has received funding from the US Army to develop an enhanced version of its next-generation MT-2025 Blue Force Tracking (BFT) satellite terminal.
The company will equip the advanced terminal with a dual-mode BFT satellite transceiver and new antenna nulling technology.
The Command & Control Technologies group won the $4.2m funding through its subsidiary Comtech Mobile Datacom.
Also known as the Blue Force Tracker-2 High Capacity (BFT-2-HC) Satellite Transceiver, the MT-2025 transceiver supports the army’s Blue Force Tracking-2 (BFT-2) system.
It is fully backwards compatible with the US Army’s Blue-Force Tracking-1 situational awareness system (BFT-1). In addition, the transceiver is designed to comply with BFT-2 protocols.
The BFT system enables commanders and troops to obtain situational awareness on the battlefield.
Comtech Telecommunications president and CEO Fred Kornberg said: “These awards demonstrate the army’s high confidence in Comtech’s BFT technology and innovation capabilities that can be used on future BFT systems.
“Comtech remains committed to providing the US Army and its soldiers with the most innovative technology, enabling them to successfully complete all their missions, regardless of electronic warfare environments.”
The company is providing sustaining support for the US Army’s BFT-1 system and has so far supplied in excess of 100,000 BFT-1 mobile satellite transceivers.
In February last year, Comtech received an initial order from the service to supply MT-2025 transceivers in support of the BFT-2 system.
Comtech’s MT-2025 offers secure and reliable two-way messaging and can meet high data rates and encryption requirements.
BFT-2 is part of the US Army’s Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) programme, which provides a friendly force tracking system.