Wireless provider lands Navy contract
Tampa Bay Business Journal - 10:59 AM EST Monday

Fortress Technologies has been awarded a contract by General Dynamics NASSCO to implement secure wireless communications for the U.S. Navy. The work will be on the next generation replenishment ships under the Navy's Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship program.

This contract serves as one of the first major wireless awards since the Navy lifted its ban on wireless networking, a release said. No financial details of the contract were disclosed.

General Dynamics NASSCO, a unit of Falls Church, Va.-based General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), currently is under contract to the Naval Sea Systems Command to build eight T-AKE class ships. Each T-AKE ship is 689 feet long and has a capacity for about 6,700 metric tons of dry cargo weight and nearly 2,400 metric tons of fuel.

The ships are designed to provide ammunition, food, fuel, repair parts and other necessities to ships at sea and to contribute to the Navy's ability to maintain a forward presence.

Fortress is providing a product that enables a secure wireless link between the Navy's warehouse management system and the end users.

Securing more than 12,000 wireless government networks, Tampa-based Fortress specializes in deployable networking, mobile edge applications, fixed wireless and office wireless LANs, it said in the release.

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