Com Dev Nabs $1.5M Component Contract

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Satellite-component builder Com Dev International Ltd. of Canada will provide multiplexers and switches for an unnamed U.S. satellite builder under a contract whose initial value is $1.5 million but is likely to reach more than $5 million, Com Dev announced.

The Cambridge, Ontario, company said it has been assured similar work on up to three satellites “to be ordered by the same end customer within the next five years.” This work could bring the total contract value to more than $20 million, assuming all four satellites are built.

Com Dev did not name the customer, but Boeing Satellite Systems International of El Segundo, Calif., is developing a new satellite platform, called the 702B, with satellite fleet operator Intelsat of Washington and Bermuda as the initial customer. Intelsat has announced it will be purchasing four 702B satellites in the coming years, with the first — the IS-22 — under construction following a contract with Australia’s defense forces.