AQYR Technologies has secured a $100m indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity production contract to provide global broadcast service (GBS) rucksack portable receive suites (AN/PRS-12) and suitcase portable receive suites (AN/PRS-11).

Under the contract, the company will also be responsible for providing spares, training, support and engineering services to the Air Force and other branches of the US military.

The contract is the result of a small business innovation research (SBIR) initially granted by the Air Force Research Laboratories.

"The award is the culmination of a decade long partnership, working side by side with the warfighter and the GBS Joint Programme Office."

AQYR president Laura Dion said: "The award is the culmination of a decade long partnership, working side by side with the warfighter and the GBS Joint Programme Office.

"It is a SBIR success for all involved."

At the time of the award, an initial funding of $13.95m was secured from the contracting activity, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.

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The company noted that the systems are highly-portable, rugged satellite receive suites that can be deployed and operated by a single user.

Both the systems provide access to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) video and imagery; weather, terrain, geospatial and mapping information; forward looking infrared (FLIR) imagery; streaming video, web content replication and other large files.

In tactical carry mode, the AN/PRS-12 weighs just under 20lb and the AN/PRS-11 weighs just under 32lb.

Earlier configurations have been in service with special operations forces deployed overseas.

The portable receiver suites (PRS) bring crucial command centre information and data to the in-field Warfighter, substantially improving mission success probabilities and saving lives.

It can withstand a variety of adverse environmental conditions such as high humidity, blowing sand, rain, and extreme heat / cold.

Satellite acquisition time is about three minutes due to AQYR’s patented auto-acquisition capability.