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Raytheon Fields First AEHF Satellite Communications Terminals to Tactical Units

Sept. 19, 2011


Raytheon Company  fielded the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Secure Mobile Anti-jam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T) satellite communications solution to the U.S. armed services.


The Raytheon AEHF SMART-T increases the data rate of existing SMART-T systems by a factor of four.

"Raytheon's latest SMART-T solution delivers the next generation of protected communications that's compatible with both EHF and AEHF satellites," said Scott Whatmough, vice president of Raytheon Network Centric Systems' Integrated Communications Systems. "AEHF SMART-T provides the end-user with more mission flexibility and increased capacity to transmit voice, data and video, providing increased situational awareness."


Raytheon will field 364 AEHF SMART-T terminals to the U.S. armed services. An additional 19 systems will be fielded in Canada and seven in the Netherlands through 2015.


"The first fielding, along with success in similar SATCOM programs, demonstrates Raytheon's proven ability to work with our customers to deliver complex satellite communication systems utilizing multiple waveforms, on time and under budget," added Whatmough.


The AEHF SMART-T upgrade incorporates Raytheon's eXtended Data Rate (XDR) waveform hardware and software modifications, a technological breakthrough in protected communications. The new XDR waveform provides users with increased bandwidth and speed, enabling tactical military communications such as real-time video, battlefield mapping and targeting data.