Raytheon in bid for communications system

Jan. 24, 2013 at 3:57 PM

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Raytheon is bidding for a U.S. Air Force contract to build a new nuclear command and control communications system.

The Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal will use both Extremely High Frequency and Advanced Extremely High Frequency AEHF satellite communications waveforms for protection of communications in difficult environments, giving wing command posts and mobile support teams the capability to send and receive alerts emergency action messages.

"With a 30-year history in highly secure satellite communications terminals, Raytheon is well positioned to provide the Air Force with reliable, efficient, cost-effective terminals to handle one of the nation's most sensitive and important communications needs," said Scott Whatmough, vice president of Integrated Communication Systems for Raytheon's Network Centric Systems business.

Raytheon submitted its proposal for the contract last week and expects the Air Force to announce the winner of the contract in June.

The company is producing three AEHF terminals -- for the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force -- that have been successfully tested with an on-orbit AEHF satellite.

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