Boeing demonstrates FAB-T data transfer

Oct. 4, 2011 at 7:03 AM
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Boeing has demonstrated high data-rate transmissions between a FAB-T system and a test terminal for the U.S. Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite.

This was one in a series of development tests that are demonstrating extended data rate voice, text and data communication with a Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals.

FAB-T will provide the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy with protected wideband satellite communications in support of command and control of U.S. nuclear forces.

"With more than half of the system integration tests successfully completed, the FAB-T program is well on its way to starting system qualification testing in 2012," said Paul Geery, Boeing FAB-T vice president and program manager.

"Boeing is committed to ensuring that the FAB-T program is successful and that we can deliver this advanced capability to the warfighter."

The demonstration was conducted in August at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, Calif. It involved a FAB-T unit and an AEHF Universal System Test Terminal communicating through a ground AEHF payload.

Using the latest program hardware, the terminal team successfully conducted extended data rate re-key, XDR text communications and dual FAB-T log-on with the AEHF payload. In separate testing, Boeing also interfaced with the AEHF Satellite Mission Control Sub-system, demonstrating XDR capability with the AEHF ground satellite.

FAB-T's XDR capability will provide the Air Force anti-jam, low probability of interception, low probability of detection and improved data rates compared with earlier systems and software.

Boeing is working to provide the Air Force with a fully capable, affordable system that supports the existing Milstar satellite constellation, its ground and airborne command-and-control terminals and the new AEHF satellite constellation.

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