The U.S. Army has told Melville defense contractor Comtech Telecommunications Corp. that it has lost its bid to be manager and vendor of a new electronic warfare communications system, the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below, Blue Force Tracking 2.
Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp., a Maryland-based subsidiary, was advised that the contract was given to another company for a "total evaluated price" of $249.9 million, which was about half Comtech's bid.
Fred Kornberg, president and chief executive of Comtech Telecommunications, said it will appeal the Army decision.
"Given our proven performance during a wartime environment, . . . and our belief that Comtech offers a lower overall program risk to the U.S Army . . . we anticipate protesting the award given to the third party," Kornberg said.
The Maryland subsidiary specializes in "satellite-based packet data communication systems and location and messaging services through the use of advanced communication and network technology."
Comtech's stock closed down 31 cents to $20.99 Thursday.