US Navy Seeks Info on Maritime Satcom Technology

The amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney conducts operations along the East Coast. Photo: US Navy/Ryan O'Connor.

The amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney conducts operations along the East Coast. Photo: US Navy/Ryan O’Connor.

The U.S. Navy has posted a solicitation for information from manufacturers of maritime satellite communications technology. The potential procurement will be for at least eight rugged, weather-resistant radio systems, with the possibility of up to 24.

To gauge sources for the procurement, the Naval Station Weapons Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) will be holding an Industry Day in January in Panama City Beach, Florida. Eligible federal contractors are asked to provide a static display of their proposed system. Among other technical specifications, the Navy is looking for satcom systems that can demonstrate their ability to operate under salt fog conditions, withstand dust penetration, be protected from snow, and resist fungal growth.

No contract will be awarded at this time from responses to this solicitation, the U.S. Navy said, as this just the information gathering stage of the possible procurement.

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