International Order for Mini-DAMA Submarine TransceiversDec 28, 2005 22:05 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
L-3 Titan Systems Corp. in San Diego, CA received a not-to-exceed $5.9 million firm-fixed-price letter contract to procure 13 AN/USC-42A(V)2 Mini-DAMA terminals, 39 DSP II cards, 40 E-HUB COMSEC assemblies plus other ancillary Mini-DAMA hardware. This contract contains requirements for the Governments of Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea, and United Kingdom under the Foreign Military Sales program.
What’s a DAMA? For that matter, what’s a mini-DAMA? Glad you asked…
The AN/USC-42 mini-DAMA terminal is a commercial-off-the-shelf variant of the shipboard DAMA transceiver, miniaturized for submarine application. It provides two-way satellite encrypted voice and data communications in a much smaller package than other DAMA and non-DAMA terminals. These devices can provide up to four times more UHF satellite channel capacity than conventional terminals through multiplexing, thereby providing increased utilization of existing satellite channels and reducing the requirement for additional satellites.
Work will be performed in San Diego, CA and is expected to be complete by October 2006. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured, and was not synopsized as allowed by FAR 5.202 (a)(3) International Agreement by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command San Diego, CA (N00039-06-C-0004).