Inmarsat Government Awarded Up To $410m To Support U.S. Army Blue Force Tracker System
Company to deliver worldwide, assured L-band satellite solution enabling situational awareness, Command and Control for deployed personnel on the ground, in a vehicle or in the air
Inmarsat Government today announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded Inmarsat Government the U.S. Army Blue Force Tracker (BFT) Network Services Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for satellite communications (SATCOM) to support connectivity between BFT devices and backhaul, with the ceiling value of up to $410M over a one year base plus 4 one year options. BFT provides friendly force tracking information across tens of thousands of platforms and increased network capacity to transfer data.
Under the contract, Inmarsat Government, will deliver Inmarsat ELERA-powered worldwide, assured, resilient L-band satellite solutions to allow connectivity between BFT transceivers and satellite earth stations.
Inmarsat Government has provided world-class support to operational BFT units since 2017. Under the newly awarded BPA, Inmarsat Government will continue to provide L-band power and bandwidth leases, super high frequency satellite connectivity, Internet service and Host Nation Agreement services to support operations of the BFT networks worldwide. Solution benefits include:
- Seamless worldwide mobility — Purpose-designed for mobility, Inmarsat’s ELERA L-band network brings continuous, consistent connectivity to on-the-move platforms worldwide – on land, at sea and in the air.
- Reliable service — Inmarsat sets the gold standard for safety services, with 99.9% network reliability, all-weather availability and a global, fully redundant ground infrastructure.
- A simplified user experience — Users benefit from unparalleled coverage, performance and data rates on small platforms across a wide variety of often-challenging environments in which they operate, including rain, heavy foliage and low altitudes.
- End-to-end solution — Inmarsat owns and operates its global mobile networks throughout the world, including robust space and ground infrastructure, with customers acquiring them quickly and cost-effectively, with high quality of service.
Susan Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Inmarsat Government, said: “The BFT mission requires support around the world for the Global Network and end-user devices. We are proud that our customers recognize Inmarsat Government’s ability to deliver highly reliable, secure satellite-based capabilities that are flexible and scalable throughout the combat space. Our partnership allows for critical situational awareness and Command and Control for deployed personnel – whether on the ground, in a vehicle or in the air. Inmarsat’s trusted network of mobile satellite communication services, supported by our dedicated team – with the utmost reliability, security and affordability – makes this possible.”
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About Inmarsat Government
The U.S. government has relied on and trusted Inmarsat satellite services since 1979. Inmarsat Government continues to deliver the world’s most advanced global, mobile satellite communication services to U.S. defense, intelligence, homeland security, public safety and civilian agencies, with highly reliable, secure and affordable connectivity. Built with government users in mind, Inmarsat Government provides resilient, flexible capabilities to complement government satellite resources, anytime, anywhere. Leveraging an industry-leading scalable multiband network infrastructure, Inmarsat Government offers a suite of managed network services and end-to-end communication solutions to support users on land, at sea and in the air, even in the world’s most remote regions. Headquartered in Reston, VA, Inmarsat Government is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat Group Holdings Limited.
Inmarsat delivers world leading, innovative, advanced and exceptionally reliable global, mobile communications across the world – in the air, at sea and on land – that are enabling a new generation of commercial, government and mission-critical services. Inmarsat is powering the digitalisation of the maritime industry, making operations more efficient and safer than ever before. It is driving a new era of inflight passenger services for aviation, while ensuring that aircraft can fly with maximum efficiency and safety. Furthermore, Inmarsat is enabling the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) and enabling the next wave of world-changing technologies that will underpin the connected society and help build a sustainable future. And now Inmarsat is developing the first-of-its-kind, multi-dimensional communications network of the future, ORCHESTRA.
In November 2021, Inmarsat and Viasat announced the planned combination of the two companies, to create a new leader in global communications.