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Raytheon produces Army SATCOM terminals early

Nov. 5, 2013 - 03:27PM   |  
By JACK WITTMAN   |   Comments
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Raytheon has completed production of 39 new Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite communication terminals for the Army ahead of schedule, the company said.

The Army uses the Humvee-mounted Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T) to pass secure data to legacy Milstar satellites. The terminals have been upgraded to communicate with the higher-bandwidth AEHF satellites, the Defense Department’s primary system to provide protected satellite communications. Canada and the Netherlands also employ the AEHF terminals.

The upgrade to AEHF, completed more than a year ahead of schedule, quadruples capacity while increasing security, Raytheon said in a news release. The advanced version incorporates the military’s eXtended Data Rate waveform, enabling tactical military communications such as real-time video, battlefield mapping and targeting data.

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