Raytheon Works on Tech Platforms to Help Facilitate 5G MilitaryComms

Raytheon currently develops multiple technology platforms as part of efforts to help the U.S. military utilize a fifth-generation standard for wireless communications.

One of those platforms is Gemini, a miniature phased radar tool designed by the UMass Lowell Research Institute to transmit 5G signals under different scenarios, the company said Monday.

Tom Sikina, a phased array engineer at Raytheon, said the company seeks to apply various tools to expand bandwidth usage through the 30-megahertz broadcast spectrum.

The firm’s efforts are in line with the federal government’s Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar program that aims to update the U.S. radar infrastructure.

The White House issued a national spectrum policy in a push to maintain the country’s edge in wireless communications and the federal government created a cross-agency team to manage the Spectrum Efficient National Surveillance Radar program.

“The spectrum relief act is clearing frequency bandwidth that can be used for 5G,” said Colin Whelan, vice president of advanced technologies at Raytheon.

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