Universal Switching, General Dynamics Canada Support Mercury Global Project
General Dynamics Canada has selected Universal Switching Corporation to support the Canadian Mercury Global project. The Mercury Global project is the name given to Canada’s participation in, and leverage of, the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) constellation. WGS will provide high-capacity, assured and secure satellite access for communications that are vital to the Government of Canada. Universal Switching Corporation will supply the critical data distribution for the satellite command and control systems.
Under the contract, General Dynamics Canada is responsible for the construction and installation of seven anchor stations across Canada. General Dynamics C4 Systems Satcom Technologies will manufacture the anchor station antennas. Under the support contract, General Dynamics Canada will provide in-service support for up to 17 years, including 24/7 monitoring, help-desk, mission planning, Field Service Representation, repair and overhaul, and engineering support.
Through the Mercury Global program, General Dynamics Canada will facilitate the transfer of specialized WGS satellite communications knowledge and technology to Canada. According to General Dynamics, such transfer will stimulate the Canadian satellite communications industry and support the creation of Canadian high-technology jobs in the future.