Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Successfully Completes U.S. Army Sponsored Testing of Its BFT-2 Next-Generation Transceiver and Network Initiative

MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan 7, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) — Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) announced today that its Maryland-based subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation (CMDC), successfully completed U.S. Army sponsored field testing of its BFT-HC ground mobile and aviation transceiver and network solution, meeting or exceeding all JCR and BFT-2 specifications. Comtech’s BFT-HC transceiver and its enhanced network capabilities together represent a significant technological advance including the enabling of faster update rates made possible by the newly released JCR software.

Comtech’s BFT-HC solution is a commercial-off-the-shelf or COTS product; however, its BFT-HC solution specifically addresses the U.S. Army’s warfighters’ challenging mobile environment. Comtech’s BFT-HC solution integrates leading edge antenna, signal processing and waveform technologies while at the same time providing full backward capability with the more than 100,000 first generation Comtech-designed BFT satellite transceivers previously deployed.

Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. stated, “Comtech’s BFT-HC equals BFT-2, and is ready for field deployment. Comtech’s offering provides the U.S. Army a unique ability to seamlessly transition to BFT-2 by implementing a staged upgrade cycle that eliminates the risk of network disruption while minimizing the costs of operating two different networks during a challenging budget environment.”

Dan Wood, CMDC’s President added, “Our BFT-HC products will allow the U.S. Army and other military commands to build upon BFT’s success over the past six years during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Comtech’s entire organization stands ready to support emerging and critical U.S. military needs. Our approach to BFT-HC and BFT-2 targeted the mobile battlefield from the start. We chose technology made specifically to handle the same operational challenges experienced for many years by our battle proven BFT-1 satellite communications network.”

Comtech’s BFT-HC aviation system is the first viable BFT-2 compliant solution available to the aviation community that meets the BFT-2′s demanding size, weight and power requirements. As a follow-on to this past autumn’s successful rotor blockage tests, Comtech completed full aviation flight tests in December. The BFT-HC aviation solution achieved outstanding performance during all required flight maneuvers and at flight speeds approaching 150 knots. Throughout these tests, Comtech demonstrated full performance over the Inmarsat I4 satellite using the BFT-1 blade antenna. With the transceiver operating at 131 kbps, Comtech’s enhanced Core Network and adaptive multi-user detection (AMD) ground station achieved unsurpassed performance and reliability, demonstrating packet completion rates exceeding the BFT-2 threshold performance levels. Comtech also successfully demonstrated in-flight data rates of 230 kbps with its advanced antenna.

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, inefficient or too expensive. 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.


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