The U.S. Marine Corps has recently granted a contract to Lite Coms, a company specializing in VSAT terminals, with a potential value of up to $500 million. The Department of Defense announced the award earlier this month, specifying that it is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the acquisition of Marine Corps Wideband Satellite Communication-Light and -Heavy systems.
The contract’s maximum dollar value is set at $500 million, with an initial obligation of $7,753,632 in funds at the time of the award. The Marine Corps Systems Command, located in Quantico, Virginia, is responsible for overseeing the contract.
According to the Department of Defense’s announcement, the contract covers MCWS-L/H test systems, as well as developmental testing and logistics efforts to support the decision to deploy these systems. It also includes production, testing, and delivery of the systems, along with the provision of technical data, logistics data, training data, training support, fielding support, sustainment support, and any necessary technology upgrades or engineering changes.
Lite Coms emerged as the recipient of the contract among five other contenders. The company, headquartered in Victor, New York, specializes in the sale of VSATs, electronically steered array (ESA) antennas, and satellite modems.