The Satcom & Medical Products (SMP) Division of Communications & Power Industries LLC (CPI) has been awarded an exclusive contract that totals more than $5 million to provide high power, X-, Ku- and Ka-band traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs).
The amplifiers will be part of an upgrade to existing mobile satellite uplink terminals operated by the U.S. military. CPI is one of the largest global manufacturers of high-power communications amplifiers for satellite uplink applications, whose broad product line includes GaN-based SSPAs and Gallium Arsenide-based SSPAs, as well as TWTAs and klystron power amplifiers. These products are used in fixed and mobile gateways in support of commercial and military communications around the world.
Gerard Charpentier, VP of business development for the SMP Satcom Products Group, explained that CPI has supported this program for the U.S. military for more than 15 years. The company was selected for this contract because of the firm's outstanding quality and continued technical support of this program during this time — the U.S. military has counted on CPI for similar enhancements to their terminals in the past.