WASHINGTON — L-3 Global Communications Solutions of Victor, N.Y., will supply deployable satellite terminals to U.S. Special Operations Command under a contract potentially valued at $500 million over five years, the Pentagon announced June 20.

The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for the Special Operations Forces Tactical Assured Connectivity System (SOFTACS) family of terminals has a minimum value of $7.5 million, the Pentagon said.

According to a Special Operations Command SOFTACS bid solicitation, the terminals will be compatible with military and commercial satellite communications systems operating in the C-, X-, Ka- and Ku-band frequencies. Antenna aperture diameters will range from less than 1 meter to 2.4 meters, depending on the operating frequency.

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