General Dynamics lands two DND contracts

General Dynamics announced Thursday it has signed two contracts with the Department of National Defence, one for construction and the other for servicing a network of anchor stations for the Mercury Global Project.

This network of antennas will allow DND access to the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) constellation, giving it high-speed, secure communication for use around the world.

The design and construction contract is for $59.1 million, while the servicing deal is worth $8.5 million.

“We look forward to providing this secure and reliable communication channel and building on our extensive communications experience. Providing this critical capability to our Canadian Armed Forces helps ensure mission success and the safe return home of our troops,” General Dynamics vice-president, C4 Systems International, David Ibbetson said in a statement.

General Dynamics Canada will construct and install seven antennas and be responsible for servicing them for up to 17 years.

The Mercury Global project is the name given to Canada’s participation in the WGS system. The company said its work on these contracts will transfer specific WGS knowledge to Canada, stimulating the national satellite industry and creating more high-tech jobs.