L-3 Global lands $81.8 million contract from Raytheon Australia

L-3 Global Communications Solutions Inc. in Victor has been awarded an $81.8 million contract from Raytheon Australia to supply the Australian Defence Force with satellite communications equipment, additional support equipment and training.

The contract is for the firm’s very small aperture terminals and includes the options to purchase additional terminals and equipment, the company said.

Robert Jacobson, president of L-3 GCS and L-3’s Tactical Satcom sector, said the Australian military chose the firm for a number of reasons, including its reputation with the U.S. Department of Defense for quality, performance and reliability.

GCS supplies deployable satellite communications products, systems and airtime for governments, broadcast media, insurers and other commercial customers. The products are mainly used by the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, as well as other federal agencies.

Frank York founded the company in 1995 as Global Communications Solutions Inc. after working for 18 years at Harris Corp.’s RF Communications division in Rochester as a design engineer, director of product management and director of U.S. government sales.

In 2007, GCS was acquired by New York City-based L-3 Communications Holdings Inc.

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