Boeing and Raytheon are competing for an estimated $4.67 billion project to help the U.S. Air Force develop satellite terminals that work to relay communications between the president and military leaders, Military.com reported Thursday.
Brendan McGarry writes the two companies are scheduled to receive manufacturing readiness contracts this summer and the Air Force could award a production contract to one of the companies either at the end of this year or early next year.
The Air Force aims for the Family of Advanced Beyond-Line-of-Site Terminals to support a presidential conference system that is intended for deployment in 2015, according to the report.
Boeing designed a Presidential and National Voice Conferencing system to connect the president, defense secretary, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other senior leaders with each other via FAB-T terminals and Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites.
Scott Whatmough, Raytheon integrated communications system vice president, told Military.com the company has passed a critical design review of an equipment package and is scheduled to test the package in October.
Raytheon aims to connect its system to a satellite during the test, Whatmough said.
Citing Air Force estimates, McGarry reports the branch could buy up to 246 devices for existing ground-based command post terminals and aircraft such as the E-4B, E-6, B-2, B-52 and RC-135.