Military satellite terminals receive upgrade

The U.S. Army and Marine Corps as well as Canada and the Netherlands will receive upgrade kits for tactical satellite communication terminals delivered by Raytheon Co. as the result of an $84.6 million contract.

The Secure Mobile Anti-jam Reliable Tactical Terminals, or SMART-T, are made by Raytheon and designed to communicate with the next-generation of advanced extremely high frequency communications satellites.

Raytheon's AEHF kits multiply by four times the data rate of existing SMART-T systems, the company said. AEHF is the Defense Department's method for providing highly protected satellite communications.

The Waltham, Mass.-based company has fielded more than 300 SMART-T systems to date, said Jerry Powlen, vice president of Raytheon's Network Centric Systems Integrated Communications Systems. 'With the added AEHF capability, we are assuring the readiness of tomorrow's communications systems,' he said.

The AEHF upgrade assimilates Raytheon's extended data rate waveform hardware and software modifications. The new XDR waveform provides users with increased bandwidth, which enables the use of real-time video, battlefield mapping and targeting data.

William Welsh writes for Washington Technology, an 1105 Government Information Group publication.

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