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Harris Corporation to Supply Canadian Navy With Multiband Satellite Communications Terminals




April 11, 2011


Harris Corporation has been awarded a $2 million contract from the Canadian Government for shipboard satellite communications terminals. The Harris terminals will reduce expensive dial-up lease costs while significantly increasing shipboard bandwidth capacity — equipping the Canadian Navy with affordable, global access to a variety of military and commercial satellite networks.


Under the Canadian Short Term Satellite Communications Upgrade (STSCU) contract, Harris will deliver terminals which offer both X- and Ku-band capabilities and provide much higher bandwidth than now available onboard Canadian Navy ships. The increased bandwidth will enable morale-enhancing connectivity to the Internet, video and other high-speed, broadband services for personnel onboard Canadian Navy frigates, as well as augment support of strategic military communications.


The contract marks Harris' first international sale of its maritime wideband terminals, which are a mainstay of communications onboard U.S. Navy vessels.


"Harris is the leading wideband communications provider to the U.S. Navy, and we are proud to be selected by the Canadian Government to provide this new generation of shipboard communications capability to their fleet," said Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems. "This contract represents a strategic international win for our defense business — driven by the affordability of our advanced technology, and our ability to make immediate deliveries that fully meet our customer's deployment needs."