Navy beefs up satellite service

Navy beefs up satellite service

The Navy recently exercised a first-year, $54 million option for new satellite communications systems from Raytheon Co.

Through the Extremely High-Frequency Satcom follow-on program, the service will acquire low- and medium-data-rate terminals for new shore stations, ships and submarines. The terminals will replace low-data-rate Raytheon terminals.

The Navy's EHF equipment will let it securely transmit and receive images, data and voice over the Milstar, UHF Follow-On and Polar satellite constellations.

The Navy also plans to retrofit existing platforms with the terminals. If the service exercises four remaining one-year options, the buy's value will reach $414 million.

'William Jackson, Patricia Daukantas, Tony Lee Orr and Christopher J. Dorobek

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