SSC awards $579M to Kratos Defense to support MILSATCOM

By Apurva Minchekar / November 30, 2023 at 1:39 PM

Space Systems Command has awarded a $579 million contract to Kratos Defense & Security Solutions to maintain and develop ground control systems for new and future military communications satellites, according to an announcement last week.

The Command-and-Control System-Consolidated Sustainment and Resiliency contract is an eight-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity, single award to provide satellite control capabilities to the Space Force and U.S. Space Command.

Under the contract, Kratos Defense will support military communication satellites, including “the Defense Satellite Communications System III, Milstar Satellite Communications System, Advanced Extremely High Frequency and Wideband Global Satellite systems.”

“This contract will sustain a baseline currently supporting C2 operations of four separate constellations and 26 military communication satellites, with added lines of effort that provide the agility to deliver cyber and operational resiliency, as well as the integration of new satellites and future constellations,” George Gonzales, SSC MILSATCOM product support delta director said in the announcement.

The initial task order awarded $26.7 million for the base year will provide core sustainment support and has a total value of $146.3 million, the announcement reads.

The command said the initial task order contract will include providing continued sustainment, system and software engineering, enhancements and modernization.

It will also allow obsolescence remediation, data sharing and bolster C2 capabilities with an “Information Technology infrastructure upgrade,” SSC noted.