US Air Force Selects Raytheon's High-bandwidth Satellite Terminal for Secure Communications

The U.S. Air Force selected Raytheon Company for a $134,399,631 contract to develop a terminal that transmits emergency messages to aircrews during nuclear and non-nuclear missions. The company of Marlborough, Massachusetts USA, is the only provider of fielded Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite terminals that protect the military’s most sensitive information.

The Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal (Global ASNT), which is part of the nuclear command and control system, allows the President of the United States to direct and manage U.S. forces. Raytheon is actively producing AEHF terminals for the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force and has been for 30 years. Raytheon says that its terminals currently support military operations on older Milstar satellites, and are deployed and ready to operate with the newest AEHF satellites as soon as they are declared operational.

Raytheon says that the terminals have demonstrated interoperable communications using the AEHF satellite’s Extended Data Rate (XDR) waveform, a complex, low probability of detection, low probability of interception, anti-jam waveforms for the military. XDR reportedly moves data more than five times faster than legacy satellite systems. The terminals will be installed at fixed sites, including wing command posts, nuclear task forces and munitions support squadrons, and forward deployed mobile support teams. Fielding is expected to begin in fiscal 2017.

 “Our satellite terminals offer strong connectivity and reliability in the harshest of environments,” said Scott Whatmough, vice president of Integrated Communication Systems in Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business.