Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $36 million contract to test the performance of the U.S. Army’s updated multi-mode communications system.
Army personnel will use the AN/ARC-231 multi-band tactical communications system to deliver voice and data links to Apaches, Blackhawks, Chinooks and Gray Eagles platforms, Raytheon said Wednesday.
Raytheon will demonstrate the system at the company’s Fort Wayne, Indiana-based facility and at the U.S. Army’s Huntsville, Alabama-based Software Engineering Directorate laboratory in an effort to receive a new cryptographic certification.
“The completion of [engineering development model] deliveries and the start of certification testing mark significant milestones for the AN/ARC-231 upgrade program, ” said Scott Whatmough, vice president of integrated communications systems for Raytheon’s space and airborne systems business.
“These are critical steps in the process of ensuring Army aviators have the secure communications capabilities they need to accomplish their missions in today’s rapidly evolving threat environment, ” Whatmough added.