Raytheon has conducted a demonstration using a small, inexpensive modem to pass data over a small, low-cost satellite terminal, while using an unclassified but secure waveform.
The demonstration involved a protected tactical waveform similar to the U.S. military’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system.
“Key cost benefits and modem features were identified and demonstrated allowing for flexibility across frequency bands that will provide tactical users the communications protection they need at affordable prices using existing and future satellites,” Raytheon said in its announcement. “The new tactical waveform can operate on a variety of bands including Q, X and Ka. It provides secure, anti-jam, low probability of intercept capabilities not available today on unprocessed or unprotected satellites.”
The waveform demonstration marks the first of three phases performed under the Air Force’s Design for Affordability and Risk Reduction study.