Raytheon to Help Army Deploy Troposcatter Comms System; Dave Wajsgras, Todd Probert Quoted

The U.S. Army selected Raytheon to provide tropospheric scatter systems designed to help soldiers transmit data and voice communications even without a satellite technology or a cellular tower.

The company will deliver the data transmission platform under a potential $663M contract awarded on April 29.

Dave Wajsgras, president of the intelligence, information and services business at Raytheon, said in a statement released Wednesday the firm’s wireless troposcatter will allow troops to communicate with each other in satellite-denied areas.

The data transmission platform can be easily transported and assembled within 30 minutes, making it suitable for battlefield operations and crisis response, the company noted.

"A troposcatter system easily can be deployed anywhere in the world and can transfer data at extremely high rates – the equivalent to streaming 10 high-definition videos simultaneously at a range of more than 115 miles," said Todd Probert, vice president for Raytheon IIS.

The company is scheduled to deliver initial troposcatter system units by the end of this year.

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