GATR Technology, Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a $440 million non-multiyear, no-option, firm-fixed-price contract for inflatable satellite antennas as well as training and logistics. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army’s Program Manager War-fighter Information Network Tactical (WIN-T).
GATR already manufactures 2.4-meter antennas for military use, according to the company’s Web site.
The antennas can be packed in two cases that weigh less than 99 pounds for a single-band antenna, versus eight or more cases for traditional rigid antennas, and can be set up in less than 30 minutes, according to GATR. The company also makes 1.2-meter backpackable antennas that weigh less than 50 pounds.
The WIN-T contract, for multiple sizes of inflatable antennas, is a Phase III Small Business Innovative Research project. Only one bid was solicited and received, according to the contract announcement.