PHL awards contract for tactical troposcatter equipment, ISR systems

The Department of National Defense (DND) has awarded the United States-based Comtech Systems a contract to supply tactical troposcatter equipment and to design and install intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) Video Downlink Systems for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced on April 19.

Comtech Systems is a subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications. According to Comtech Telecommunications, the contract amounts to approximately USD6.5 million

Comtech said the Modular Transportable Transmission System (MTTS) troposcatter terminals will enable the AFP to establish data links between island locations that were previously beyond the reach of high bandwidth terrestrial communications.

“These systems are an integral part of the AFP C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence) Modernization plan, and will be utilized to transport various types of data from remote locations to command centers for real time decision making,” it added.

Meanwhile, Comtech said the Video Downlink systems will allow AFP airborne assets to deliver ISR data for distribution to ground-based decision makers in real time, and are designed to support future upgrades of AFP ISR capabilities.

In November 2017, DND launched a procurement project for procurement and commissioning of troposcatter system from Zamboanga to Tawi-Tawi, through limited source bidding.

“We believe the award by the Armed Forces of the Philippines demonstrates our long-standing troposcatter market leadership position and our belief that many other international countries can benefit from incorporating troposcatter systems in complex command and control systems. As the only modern field-proven deployable troposcatter system, the Comtech MTTS is a natural choice for the AFP. We look forward to the opportunity to support the AFP modernization across a range of C4ISTAR technologies.” Comtech Telecommunications Corp. President and CEO Fred Kornberg said.