In doing so, the company said SMART-T became the first terminal fielded in operations to interoperate with an on-orbit AEHF satellite.
The SMART-T is part of Raytheon‘s modular approach to developing next-generation communication tools for the military’s constellation of satellites, David Hendry, a systems engineer with Raytheon‘s network centric systems business, told TheNewNewInternet in an interview.
The current Milstar constellation’s waveforms support low and medium data rates, which have lower throughput and can connect less individuals than SMART-T’s extended data rates, Hendry said.
Raytheon is currently in the process of delivering 364 of the satellite terminals to the U.S. military on a contract worth approximately $300 million, a senior representative of NCS told TNNI in an email.
Richard Smith, NCS’ director of maritime communications solutions, also told TNNI that the SMART-T is “part of the strategy to bring networking centric warfare down to the individual and unit level… to more fully integrate the armed forces with a higher data rate capability that can basically survive almost anything that an adversary can do to it,” including jamming.
He said the order volume “is consistent with what the Army had in its plan to support their forces in the field.” The executives said the majority of the units will go to the Army, with some being delivered to the Air Force.
The release indicated all the terminals are intended to support and work with the AEHF.