The US Air Force (USAF) has tasked Raytheon with demonstrating a new communications technology that will continuously link tactical users with higher levels of command when operating in contested environments.
The objective of the USD37 million Protected Tactical Services Field Demonstration (PTSFD) contract is to improve anti-jam security via the Wideband Global Satellite Communications (WGS) constellation, as well as commercial satellites.
"Eventually hardware developed and tested under the PTSFD contract can be deployed as upgrades to existing satellite communications [SATCOM] terminals. By reusing the antenna and radio frequency front end of existing terminals, costs are greatly reduced since those are the most expensive elements of any SATCOM terminal," Raytheon said in a statement.
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