Boeing has completed the functional qualification testing phase of its Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals. Testing, which included flights on a Boeing 707 test aircraft, involved multiple terminals and orbiting Advanced Extremely High Frequency and Milstar satellites.
The protected wideband satellite communications system will be used for controlling U.S. nuclear forces. Command post terminals will be installed in fixed and mobile ground installations, E-4B and E-6 airborne command posts, while advanced wideband terminals will be installed in B-2 and B-52 bombers and RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft.
Flight tests for the advanced wideband terminals are expected to conclude this fall. FAB-T must also complete reliability and information security tests. The Air Force is expected to award the FAB-T production contract early next year.