General Dynamics [GD] C4 Systems yesterday said it was awarded a potential $900 million contract for next generation antennas from the Global Broadcast Service (GBS) Joint Program Office at Hanscom AFB, Mass.

Under the competitively awarded, five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, GDC4 Systems will produce approximately 1,500 Transportable Ground Receive Suites (TGRS) and 1,110 retrofit kits for systems already in the field. 

Made fully-rugged and designed for rapid deployment anywhere in the world, GBS TGRS comprises next-generation receive terminal antennas along with receive broadcast management and cryptographic equipment that is all packed into mobile transit cases, the company said in a statement. When deployed at the edge of the battlefield, the GBS TGRS enables decision makers and frontline troops in joint operations to receive mission-critical information. The systems equip tactical operators with high-speed, high-volume multimedia communications and information flow among forces deployed on posts or at stations, in transit or in theater.

Bill Weiss, vice president and general manager of Communication Networks for General Dynamics C4 Systems, said, “The Global Broadcast Service Suite provides secure and reliable broadcast services to warfighters who operate in harm’s way. General Dynamics C4 Systems looks forward to delivering this important capability to soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen who depend on it to carry out their critical missions.”