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Victor company gets $500 million defense contract

By ANDREA DECKERT - 6/18/2012 3:27:35 PM

L-3 Global Communications Solutions Inc. has received a $500 million contract award from the U.S. Department of Defense for a satellite data network family of terminals that will provide automatic satellite tracking.

The terminals will provide high-speed data connectivity to troops and will be designed and manufactured at L-3’s Victor location. GCS employs 145 workers locally. The business supplies deployable satellite communications products, systems and airtime for government agencies, broadcast media, insurers and other commercial customers.

The products are used by the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security as well as other federal agencies.

Frank York founded the company in 1995 after working for 18 years at Harris Corp.'s RF Communications division in Rochester as a design engineer, director of product management and director of U.S. government sales.

In 2007, GCS was acquired by L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., one of the largest defense companies in the country.

“This contract means greater production for DOD, and an economic shot in the arm for L-3 Global Communications Systems, its workers and Ontario County where these terminals are made,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in a statement.

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