Comsat Navy deal can proceed
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Apr 21, 2000
Comsat Corp. now can proceed with a contract to provide satellite communications
to the Navy beyond January 2001, after a federal appeals court this week
overturned a decision to block the implementation.
Stratos Mobile Networks USA LLC had challenged the Navy's award of a
potential $111.9 million contract to Comsat in June 1999 in the U.S. Court
of Federal Claims, according to a Comsat statement.
Under the contract, Comsat Mobile Communications provides global satellite
service over the Inmarsat satellite system for high-speed data, voice and
multimedia communications. Comsat also provides terrestrial connectivity
to Navy facilities.
The Court of Federal Claims' decision had blocked implementation of
Comsat's contract beyond January 2001. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Federal Circuit reversed and vacated that decision April 17, validating
the Navy's contract with Comsat.