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Federal Resources Announces Contract for USAF Comms Gear

Federal Resources Wins $11.2 Million Contract to Supply the U.S. Air Force with Communications Fly-Away Kit Based on Klas Telecom Voyager
APRIL 9, 2018 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Federal Resources and Klas Telecom announced today a contract award from the U.S. Air Force for $11.2 million to supply them with a rugged and rapidly deployable Communications Fly-Away Kit (CFK) that will serve as a deployable command and control and satellite communications capability. The initial order is for 87 CFKs with the possibility of follow-on orders planned throughout the USAF. The CFK is based on Klas Telecom’s Voyager modular and scalable network modules with supplementary equipment such as BGAN terminals, VoSIP phones and rugged laptops, which are included in the kit. The contract marks one of the first major U.S. Air Force awards for Klas Telecom and builds upon Federal Resources’ U.S. Air Force business.

“We spent a lot of time working with the Air Force to develop capabilities they needed,” Klas Telecom Government Director of Systems Engineering Chris Barnes said. “We are very pleased to have delivered a system that is tailored to their needs. We are looking forward to working more with the Air Force and we hope this will be the first opportunity of many to come.”

The CFK provides multi-enclave baseband networking capability with agnostic transport and data access for classified, unclassified and coalition networks. Among its key features are low power consumption, size and weight; Cisco-based technology; modular and scalable; ruggedized to MIL-STD-810G; rapid set up; airline carry-on-size package; and it comes with built-in cellular, Wi-Fi and wired transport options.

“The modules themselves only weigh about two pounds each and are densely packed with capability like nothing else on the market,” Federal Resources Director of C4ISR Sales Jeff Churchill said. “This particular group within the Air Force wanted their kits to be as small and easy to manage as possible, however, they weren’t willing to compromise on capability and ease of use. We are looking forward to partnering with Klas Telecom on developing more solutions like this as we bring our total breadth of products, services and solutions to the market and serve those within the U.S. DoD.”



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