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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

U.S. Army Awards $72.9 Million Contract to DataPath for Joint Network Node Program

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DULUTH, Ga., June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- DataPath, Inc., a global solutionprovider for mission-critical communications, today announced that the U.S.Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) in Fort Monmouth, N.J., has awarded the company a $72.9 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide specialized satellite earth terminals and support services for the JointNetwork Node (JNN) program. The contract includes 92 DataPath ET 3000Portables(TM), which the U.S. Army refers to as Satellite Communications Transportable Terminals (STT), and two DataPath DKET 4530Ku Mobiles(TM), which the U.S. Army refers to as Unit Hub SATCOM trucks.

The JNN program provides reliable and portable communications to the U.S.Joint Forces deployed to Iraq , including the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry, 101st Airborne, 4th Infantry and 10th Mountain Division, among others. Since the initial implementation of the program in 2004 to support the U.S. Army's transformation to a global, network-centric force, DataPath has deliveredhigh-quality, ground-based satellite communications networks that provide U.S.forces with quick access to high-bandwidth communications capabilities, regardless of how remote or extreme the environment.

"Our troops require reliable beyond-line-of-sight, mobile communicationson the battlefield," said John Lane , project leader, Commercial SATCOM Terminal Program, Army. "Satellite communications networks offer flexibilityand high bandwidth for more advanced applications, no matter where our forcesare located. The JNN program has been a tremendous success in moving thenetwork out to the end-user of mission-critical information, transforming thespeed of deployment and coordination capabilities of our forces."

DataPath will also extend its training and operations and maintenance support for the JNN program with an additional 29 personnel contracted for inthe agreement. These support personnel will begin training with U.S. forces pre-deployment, and will then deploy with them to the theater of operations tohelp manage and optimize communications networks. DataPath's IntegratedLogistics Support team currently has more than 50 employees deployed in Iraq for the program.

"We are committed to partnering with U.S. forces to help them achievetheir mission and protect their troops," said Andy Mullins , chief executive officer, DataPath. "This partnership is reflected in both the quality of thenetworks we have designed for their specific needs, and in the dedication of our employees working side-by-side with U.S. forces in the field. This latestcontract is a testament to our successful ongoing work on the JNN program, andwe look forward to extending our support in order to meet evolving mission requirements."

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