Raytheon gets $164M Army contract for AEHF tactical terminals

The Army has awarded a three-year, $164 million contract to Raytheon to deliver ground terminals for Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite communications, the Defense Department announced Oct. 4.

Under the contract, the Marlborough, Mass., systems integrator will be responsible for the procurement and services needed for AEHF tactical terminals that are secure, mobile and resistant to jamming. The Army Contracting Command in Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity.

AEHF is a constellation of communications satellites maintained by the Air Force Space Command for use by U.S. armed forces and some of its allies. Two of the four spacecraft that make up the constellation are currently in orbit. The third spacecraft is scheduled to launch in 2013.

The mission of the AEHF constellation is to relay secure communications to and from warfighters through the employment of a large number of narrow spot beams. Crosslinks between the satellites allow them to relay communications directly without the need to relay them to a ground station first. The spacecraft furnish jam-resistant communications with a low probability of interception.

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