Raytheon to Help Build New AF SATCOM System; Brian Gray Comments

Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) will work with the U.S. Air Force to build a future satellite communications system for the military, the company announced Thursday.

Under an $8.7 million contract, the company will design and demonstrate terminal components as well as help develop waveforms.

The company has nearly 30 years of SATCOM experience in working on the Milstar extremely high frequency and advanced extremely high frequency systems, said Brian Gray, Raytheon’s director of strategic communication systems for the network centric systems business.

According to the company, the Air Force’s goals of the project are to identify architectures and component development paths for the future protected system, which will use spectrum in the AEHF band.

Three Raytheon-AEHF made terminals have completed production acquisition milestones and have been tested onboard an AEHF satellite.

Other AEHF programs the company has worked on include the Navy‘s Multiband Terminal, the Army‘s Secure Mobile Anti-jam Reliable Tactical Terminal and the Air Force’s Minuteman Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network Program Upgrade program.

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