The U.S. Special Operations Command announced on Aug. 3 that it awarded the GATR Technologies subsidiary of Cubic Corp. a five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quality contract that could be worth as much as $172 million.

Under the deal, the command plans to buy 1.2 meter and 2.4 meter Ground Antenna Transmit and Receive (GATR) satellite communications terminals and ancillary equipment. Satellite dishes for the GATR system are inflatable, and resemble beach balls. The dish inside the spherical structure holds its parabolic shape when blown up. The structure deflates for transportation in a carrying case.

The majority of work under the new contract will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama and is expected to be completed by August 2025. Cubic is based in Kearny Mesa.

The contract is a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research award.