Raytheon Awarded $86.7 Million to Upgrade Satellite Communication Terminals
MARLBOROUGH, Mass., April 28, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has won an $86.7 million contract to produce and install upgrade kits for the Army's Secure Mobile Anti-jam Reliable Tactical Terminal, or SMART-T.
The award, part of an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract originally awarded in 2007, increases the total contract value to $183.3 million.
The upgrades will be installed on joint and international terminals for the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps as well as for Canada and the Netherlands.
The Advanced Extremely High Frequency kits expand by a factor of four times the data rate of existing SMART-T systems.
Jerry Powlen, vice president, Network Centric Systems' Integrated Communications Systems, said: "These upgrades incorporate Raytheon's advances in protected satellite communications and provide our troops with increased bandwidth for real-time video, battlefield mapping and targeting data. As leaders in protected satellite communications, we look forward to delivering our AEHF solution to the Navy and the Air Force in the near future as well."
The Army's SMART-T was the first AEHF system to go into production with the proven capability to communicate with the next generation of AEHF communications satellites. AEHF is the Department of Defense's primary system to provide highly protected satellite communications through 2020.
Raytheon's SMART-T software has been the genesis for other critical programs including the company's solution for the Navy's Multiband Terminal and the Air Force's production of the Minuteman Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network program upgrade. It provides the services with essential, joint-interoperable capability for legacy EHF and future AEHF communications.
Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 86 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command and control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.
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Canada and the Netherlands will receive an AEHF-only version of the terminal.
The AEHF upgrade incorporates Raytheon's eXtended Data Rate (XDR) waveform hardware and software modifications, a technological breakthrough in protected communications.
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