Alabama company awarded $522M Army contract for inflatable antennas

Soldiers adjust a GATR 2.4 meter antenna while setting up a tactical operations center during exercise Swift Response 15 at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Aug. 27, 2015. (Staff Sgt. Carol A. Lehman/Army) Soldiers adjust a GATR 2.4 meter antenna while setting up a tactical operations center during exercise Swift Response 15 at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Aug. 27, 2015. (Staff Sgt. Carol A. Lehman/Army)

The extension for the Huntsville-based company was announced on Friday during the Pentagon's daily list of military contracts.

Posted: Aug 14, 2018 3:45 AM
Updated: Aug 14, 2018 3:56 AM

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — An Alabama company has a five-year, $522 million extension to an Army contract for inflatable satellite antenna systems.

GATR Technologies Inc. of Huntsville first won the contract in 2013.

It said in early 2014 that the contract made the antennas more broadly available to the armed services, which already were using them in special operations units.

GATR’s ground-mounted antennas look like giant beach balls with tie-downs to point them in the right direction.

The antenna inside is reflective fabric. Fans keep the air pressure in the top half slightly higher than in the bottom half, pushing the fabric down into the right shape.

The extension brings the contract’s total maximum value to more than $960 million.

It was announced Friday in the Pentagon’s daily list of military contracts.

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