Ladera Heights-based defense contractor LinQuest Corp. announced Feb. 2 that it had received a five-year contract from the Space Force worth $500 million.
Under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, LinQuest will provide analytical support to the federal agency and the other defense firms it works with.
LinQuest didn’t provide details about the scope of that work, but the company provides technological services and support related to satellite communications and reconnaissance.
Chief Executive Tim Dills said in a statement that the company is “excited about this new growth opportunity to continue demonstrating our dedication to excellence — from concept to capability.”
According to the company, the new agreement will extend work already performed by LinQuest’s Integrated Analytics and Support divisions through the Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research program.
The company has landed a string of valuable government contracts in recent years, and in November announced it had been named a prime contractor for U.S. agencies through a work order system maintained by the General Services Administration that manages contracts worth billions of dollars yearly.
LinQuest also won a $562 million contract in 2019, under which the company agreed to provide engineering support and development to military satellite communications operations at the Space and Missile Systems Center, headquartered at the Los Angeles Air Force Base.
The company received a separate $76 million contract from the Space Force in August for similar work at the Space and Missile Systems Center, which has a long history as a research and development center for military space operations.
LinQuest Chief Operating Officer Greg Young said in a statement that the company’s latest contract from Space Force will allow it to “expand the world-class support we’re already providing across the LinQuest lines of business to our U.S. Space Force Guardians and the broader Space community.”
LinQuest has a long history supporting satellite communications operations conducted by the U.S. military. The company traces its roots to the founding of LinCom Corp. in the 1970s. That company was later acquired by now-dissolved Titan Corp. and spun out as LinQuest in 2004.
In 2018, private equity firms Madison Dearborn Partners and CoVant Management Inc. acquired a majority stake in LinQuest.
The company now has more than 1,000 employees and appears poised for future growth. Last month, the company announced the acquisition of New Mexico-based engineering company TMC Design Corp.
Dills said the acquisition of TMC, which develops technology in the fields of electromagnetics and digital signal processing, would enhance the “suite of solutions” LinQuest is able to offer its customers.