Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Receives $8.0 Million Order for Its Next-Generation Blue Force Tracking High-Capacity Transceiver Solutions

MELVILLE, N.Y., Apr 22, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) — Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) announced today that its Maryland-based subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation, received an $8.0 million order under its IDIQ contract with the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command (CECOM). Total orders received to date against this $216.0 million contract increased to $211.3 million.

Under this order, Comtech will build, test, and deliver its next-generation Blue Force Tracking High Capacity, BFT-HC satellite transceiver to the U.S. Army. This breakthrough product features significantly enhanced functional capabilities, many of which far exceed the initial requirements put forth by the FBCB2-BFT program. For example, the BFT-HC satellite transceiver offers seven selectable forward-link data rates reaching up to a maximum of 230 kbps. In addition, the BFT-HC satellite transceiver provides full backward compatibility with the currently fielded BFT systems, reducing deployment costs and maximizing operational flexibility. The BFT-HC satellite transceiver’s modular design features a field-replaceable antenna that not only reduces operations and maintenance costs, but also supports planned upgrades to other frequency bands. This high-gain electronically steered antenna maximizes satellite bandwidth efficiency while enabling operations in highly disadvantaged areas.

The order also includes field testing and demonstration of Comtech’s network system as well as preliminary testing of its BFT-HC satellite ground and aviation transceivers. Comtech’s BFT-HC satellite transceivers meet all the interface requirements to be integrated into the software structure of the second-generation Blue Force Tracking Software platform.

Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp., said, “We are extremely pleased to receive this order for the first delivery of our next-generation satellite ground and aviation transceivers — the BFT-HC. We are confident that our significant internal investments in this comprehensive solution set meet, and in many cases, exceed the FBCB2-BFT current and future requirements. We look forward to continuing our close partnership with our BFT customer, as together, we work to deliver advanced systems and solutions needed by U.S. military personnel. We remain extremely proud of our continued involvement in the FBCB2-BFT Program, and look forward to supporting the new Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) program and other critical programs for the Department of Defense.”

Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation, a Germantown, Maryland-based company, is engaged in the provision of satellite-based packet data communication systems and location and messaging services through the use of advanced communication and network technology. To learn more about Comtech Mobile Datacom, please visit the company’s website at

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The Company believes many of its solutions play a vital role in providing or enhancing communication capabilities when terrestrial communications infrastructure is unavailable or ineffective. The Company conducts business through three complementary segments: telecommunications transmission, mobile data communications and RF microwave amplifiers. The Company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets. The Company believes it is a market leader in the market segments that it serves.

Certain information in this press release contains statements that are forward-looking in nature and involve certain significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from such forward-looking information. The Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings identify many such risks and uncertainties. Any forward-looking information in this press release is qualified in its entirety by the risks and uncertainties described in such Securities and Exchange Commission filings.


Michael D. Porcelain, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jerome Kapelus, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
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