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Melville company loses bid for defense communications contract

Current Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below,

Current Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below, Blue Force Tracking system. Photo Credit: U.S. Marines

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 system.

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 the parent company, said it will appeal the Army decision.

“Given our proven performance during a war-time environment, ... and our belief that Comtech offers a lower overall program risk to the U.S Army,” Kornberg said, “...we anticipate protesting the award given to the third party.”

The subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom, specializes in “satellite-based packet data communication systems and location and messaging services through the use of advanced communication and network technology.”

Above left, a Marine uses the current system.

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