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Comtech Wins $48.6 Million US Army Contract for Digital Modems 

By Rachel Jewett | October 4, 2023

Comtech’s office in Chandler, Arizona. Photo: Comtech

The U.S. Army recently ordered $48.6 million worth of modems from Comtech, the company announced Tuesday. The contract is for Enterprise Digital Intermediate Frequency Multi-Carrier (EDIM) modems.

The EDIM modems will replace the aging Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modem (EBEM) currently supporting Army, Navy, and Air Force satcom users with a digital and software-defined platform. The modems are built on open architecture standards to support multiple satellite providers and to be easily integrated with other terrestrial and non-terrestrial communications systems. 

Under the contract, Comtech will design, develop, test, and deliver EDIM units and provide hardware, software, and sustainment services to support performance enhancements for EDIM solutions. Comtech said these modems will become one of the primary modems used for U.S. military satcom. 

“Our EDIM satcom modems are designed to enable the Department of Defense  to move to digitized, hybrid satellite network architectures — enabling warfighters to easily roam across orbital regimes and blend capabilities from traditionally disparate networks to maintain an information advantage in the world’s most challenging geographies,” said Ken Peterman, President and CEO of  Comtech. “This strategic contract award further illustrates the trust of our DoD customers and Comtech’s ability to deliver innovative software-defined solutions that meet the mission demands of today and can easily adapt to meet the operational needs of the future.”