ManTech International Corp. of Fairfax won a $20.9 million contract from the Air Force to provide network and telecommunications services in Europe and in Turkey.

Under the six-year deal, the defense contractor will design, engineer, install and maintain key communications equipment at five air bases in Italy, Greece and Turkey.

The company will manage the communications systems to ensure connectivity around the clock, said Eugene C. Renzi, president of ManTech's defense systems group. Specific functions to be provided by ManTech include satellite communications, long-haul communications between bases, internal base support and telephone systems switching.

"Without communications, commanders cannot command," Renzi said, describing the work as essential to the Air Force.

ManTech's support will include help-desk services, hardware maintenance and other services to support local area networks, wide area networks, wireless equipment, routers and switches. The company will help maintain land mobile radios, ground radios, meteorological equipment and navigational aids, audiovisual systems, cryptographic systems and communications security.

The company, which will have 55 people working on the project, also will be responsible for upgrading desktop terminals already installed on the bases, Renzi said.

"As technology is swapped out, we will look at new and better technology," he said.

The five air bases are in Mount Corna, Italy; Souda Bay in Crete, Greece; and Izmir, Ankara and Incirlik, Turkey.

Renzi said the company provides similar services to the Air Force and other federal customers at other overseas locations, including Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Korea and Central and South America.

ManTech's federal clients included the Defense, Homeland Security, Justice and State departments, as well as the intelligence community. The company employs more than 5,300 people and had 2003 revenue of $701.6 million.

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ManTech International will provide support at five air bases, including one in Incirlik, Turkey.