Air Force Awards Iridium $738M 7-Year Contract
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | Comments

Iridium Communications was awarded a $738.5 million, seven-year, fixed-price contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) through the U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSpC) to provide unlimited satellite services from its low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation.

Through the AFSpC’s Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) program, Iridium will continue to deliver access to global secure and unsecure voice, broadcast, netted or distributed tactical communications system (DTCS) and select other services for an unlimited number of DoD and associated DoD-approved subscribers.

During the previous contract period, DoD subscribers grew from about 51,000 to more than 125,000, a 145 percent increase. This growth in adoption has also resulted in increased collaboration between the government and Iridium’s ecosystem of partners, bringing their expertise to further enhance the capabilities of the DoD’s satellite communications portfolio.

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