April 27/11: Intelsat General Corp. in Bethesda, MD won a $142.9 million firm-fixed-price 7-year contract, with as not-to exceed ceiling of $167.5 million, to supply the American Forces Radio and Television Service’s Global Satellite Services Program with bandwidth. Intelsat’s worldwide commercial telecommunications services will include C- and Ku-band satellite resources, land earth stations, terrestrial backhauls, and bandwidth management services from April 22/11 through April 21/18, via a 1-year base contract with 6 one-year options. The solicitation was issued as a full and open competition on FedBizOpps, awarded to the lowest priced technically acceptable offeror. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization at Scott Air Force Bass, IL received 2 offers (HC1013-11-C-0101).
As of March 2011, Intelsat said that it had the world’s largest fleet of commercial satellites, operating a fleet of 52. They supply a number of military SATCOM services alongside their other deals, and even have a program that allows militaries like Australia’s to buy payload space on their satellites.