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The one-year contract calls for 144 MHz of Ku-bandwidth to support U.S. military operations in the Central Command (CENTCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR). The service, which began in September 2015, has three one-year renewal option periods and one six-month renewal option period.
Coverage will extend across the Middle East, as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"The deployed airmen are operating satellite ground terminals supporting C4ISR networks at numerous remote and expeditionary locations requiring a single-satellite solution that was not readily available," said Skot Butler, Intelsat General's vice president for satellite networks and space services. "With our vast global network we had the ability to re-groom capacity, creating a unique solution that precisely accommodates the customer's single-satellite requirement."