GATR Technologies has earned a 5-year contract to provide its WGS-certified inflatable satellite antennas and associated hardware, services and support to the Army, Marine Corps and other commands and services.
The indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract came through the Army Project Manager, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, Product Manager Satellite Communications, Commercial SATCOM Terminal Program Office. It has a ceiling value of $440,045,436.
GATR’s antenna features a flexible parabolic dish mounted within an inflatable sphere, which reduces weight and packaged volume by as much as 80 percent. That innovation improves the agility of deployed military and disaster response personnel, according to the company.
It’s also less expensive than conventional systems, and reduces transportation expenses, the company says.
“We were extremely fortunate to leverage early Small Business Innovative Research contracts and Quick Reaction Funding from the Department of Defense to help us initially field and improve our technology,” said Paul Gierow, the company’s president. “This contract allows conventional forces to take advantage of the same cost savings and lighter profile already benefitting the Special Operations community, Marine Corps Expeditionary Units, and other early adopters.”