Global satcom contract for special ops forces worth up to $977 million won by Leonardo DRSNews
May 29, 2019
ARLINGTON, Va. Leonardo DRS announced that it has won a contract worth up to $977 million by the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization to provide the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) worldwide satellite communications and support for its headquarters, components, and major subordinate units operating around the world.
Under the terms of the agreement, Leonardo DRS will provide USSOCOM’s Global Access Network (GAN) system, a global commercial satellite communications solution that will be engineered to meet USSOCOM’s needs. Specifically, USSOCOM requires an integrated satellite and terrestrial telecommunications system to support the dissemination of command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence information between USSOCOM, its components, and major subordinate units; the network also must be able to operate with selected U.S. government agencies and activities directly associated with the special operations community.
USSOCOM's requirement for network connectivity includes satellite transmission and terrestrial services, which connect communication hubs to deployed communication nodes located within and outside of the continental U.S. in support of deployed Special Operations Forces.