Intelsat General Corp. of Bethesda, Md., was awarded a contract worth as much as $145 million over seven years to provide satellite connectivity for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, the company announced May 18.

Intelsat General, a subsidiary of satellite operator Intelsat of Luxembourg and Washington, sells communications services to the U.S. government. Under the one-year base contract issued by the Defense Information Systems Agency, the firm will provide connectivity using Ku- and C-band satellite links, land Earth stations, and terrestrial backhaul and bandwidth management services. The contract includes six one-year options.

The Armed Forces Radio and Television Service provides multichannel, broadcast-quality radio and television programs to U.S. and allied forces in more than 175 countries around the world, the press release said.