Boeing has completed a series of performance validation tests on terminals intended for use in command and control functions by the U.S.’ nuclear forces.
The company aimed to show that its Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals program works with the ground and airborne terminal types used by the U.S. Air Force, Boeing announced Monday.
FAB-T units also flew aboard a Boeing 707 test aircraft at the Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. in an effort to show the terminal’s performance under realistic conditions.
According to the company, FAB-T terminals are intended to provide satellite communications to the service branch.
Flight tests for the advanced wideband terminals are scheduled to be completed this fall.
The Air Force wants the FAB-T command post terminals to be installed in fixed and mobile ground installations, as well as aircraft platforms such as the E-4B and E-6 airborne command posts, the B-2 and B-52 bombers and the RC-135 reconnaissance plane.