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ATA Awarded Heterogeneous Optical W/Vband Demonstration (HOWD) Contract


A-Tech Corp. (d.b.a. Applied Technology Associates) has been awarded a $16,923,957 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a communication system with two way time transfer operating within W/V-bands and incorporating Free Space Optical links. This system will model Heterogeneous Optical W/V-band Demonstration, evaluate and develop its components and demonstrate its potential at meeting these objectives. Work will be performed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed Oct. 31, 2025. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with one offer received. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 research and development funds in the amount of $365,733 are being obligated at time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (FA9453-20-C-0024).

“ATA is excited about developing this next generation hybrid space communications capability” said Johnathan Jones, ATA’s Director of Defense and Technology Services. “Given the importance of this contract vehicle, we are eager to develop and transition this capability to the Warfighter.”

ATA’s Technical Services Campaign (TSC) will carry out the HOWD contract. ATA TSC is focused on leveraging our technology know-how to be a leading provider of high-end engineering services at customer-sites in Space Systems Technologies, Directed Energy (DE) Technologies, Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Support, and related operations.

ATA is a leading-edge provider of precision pointing and tracking, line-of-sight stabilization solutions and products for laser communications, laser weapon systems, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), and space domain awareness applications to customers worldwide.


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