The one-year contract calls for 288 MHz of Ku-band service to support US military operations in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR), which extends from North Africa through the Middle East and into the Central Asian countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“This capacity will provide the US military’s deployed command and control nodes with robust reliable communications in remote locations,” said Skot Butler, Vice President, Satellite Networks and Space Services, at Intelsat General. “This will support vital C4ISR networks throughout the CENTCOM AOR.”
The service, which began in February 2016, has four, one-year renewal option periods and one six-month renewal option period. The new contract follows a similar award made last September to support the United States Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) operations with 144 MHz of Ku-band services.
This contract was previously disclosed in a February 22, 2016, financial statement by Intelsat, S.A.
Note: Also on the CENTCOM home page we found a heartwarming story about a heroic dog, Lucca. We realize this does not pertain to our usual subject matter, however with today being Friday we thought it might be acceptable as we get into the 'weekend mindset'.
For you who appreciate heroic military dog stories, this dog received the prestigious Dickin Medal.
Lucca, a 12-year-old retired Marine Corps military working dog, visits Camp Pendleton February 29, 2016. Before her retirement in 2012, Lucca completed two deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan where she led approximately 400 patrols until she was injured by an improvised explosive device.
No Marines were injured on any patrol she led, including her final patrol where the explosion cost Lucca her front left leg. No Marines were injured on any patrol she led, including her final patrol where the explosion cost Lucca her front left leg.