Raytheon Receives $49 Million to Develop, Validate Milstar Upgrade for SMART-T

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Raytheon Company

    MARLBOROUGH, Mass., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's
 (NYSE:   RTNA, RTNB) Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T)
 satellite communications (SATCOM) program has received a three-year, $49
 million award to develop, test and validate an advanced extremely high
 frequency (AEHF) retrofit kit for installation on approximately 330 SATCOM
 ground terminals.
     SMART-T is a highly mobile EHF SATCOM system deployed on a High Mobility
 Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle.  Designed to work with the Milstar satellite
 constellation, the terminal allows widely dispersed warfighters to exchange
 information with low probability of detection and low probability of
 interception. Its primary mission is to support field commanders with global,
 robust, jam-resistant and secure communications.
     The U.S. Army's Communications and Electronics Command, Ft. Monmouth,
 N.J., issued the award.  Under provisions of the cost plus fixed-fee contract,
 Raytheon will design, develop, integrate and test three prototype retrofit
 kits on SMART-T terminals. Future plans include retrofitting all existing
 SMART-Ts and integrating the kit on new systems as they come off the
 production line. The Department of Defense's fleet is expected to number
 approximately 330 SMART-T systems by 2005.
     U.S. Army Military Satellite Communications Project Manager Henry Jehan
 said, "The AEHF upgrade will allow our SMART-Ts to communicate with the AEHF
 constellation at data rates 400 percent higher than those available via
 Milstar Medium Data Rate (MDR) satellites.  Higher transmission rates mean
 better information security and faster delivery of essential military
 communication."
     Bill Puzella, vice president of Raytheon Satellite Communications, said,
 "Although the AEHF architecture is similar to the one we used for MDR, the
 retrofit package offers advancements in modem speed, amplifier performance and
 modulation techniques."
     With headquarters in Lexington, Mass., Raytheon Company is a global
 technology leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, and
 business and special mission aircraft.
 
     Notes to Editor:
     SMART-T is designed in Marlborough, Mass., and produced in Largo, Fla.
 The program accounts for approximately 50 jobs in the metropolitan Boston area
 and approximately 50 jobs in Tampa-St. Petersburg.
     Launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on February 27, 2001, the first
 Milstar II MDR satellite and its highly secure, anti-jam communications
 payload reached its parking space on March 13th.  On that date, SMART-T became
 the first system to log-on to Milstar II's MDR transponder and pass live
 communication traffic between space and Earth.
     The first of two low data rate Milstar I satellites was launched in 1993.
 Earlier this year, the first of four Milstar II medium data rate satellites,
 went into space.  AEHF, the next generation of Milstar satellites, promises
 transmission speeds that will outstrip the capabilities of Milstar I and
 Milstar II.  It is slated for launch in 2005-06.
 
     Contact:
     Patricia Perlini
     219.429.5547
 
 

SOURCE Raytheon Company
    MARLBOROUGH, Mass., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's
 (NYSE:   RTNA, RTNB) Secure Mobile Anti-Jam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T)
 satellite communications (SATCOM) program has received a three-year, $49
 million award to develop, test and validate an advanced extremely high
 frequency (AEHF) retrofit kit for installation on approximately 330 SATCOM
 ground terminals.
     SMART-T is a highly mobile EHF SATCOM system deployed on a High Mobility
 Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle.  Designed to work with the Milstar satellite
 constellation, the terminal allows widely dispersed warfighters to exchange
 information with low probability of detection and low probability of
 interception. Its primary mission is to support field commanders with global,
 robust, jam-resistant and secure communications.
     The U.S. Army's Communications and Electronics Command, Ft. Monmouth,
 N.J., issued the award.  Under provisions of the cost plus fixed-fee contract,
 Raytheon will design, develop, integrate and test three prototype retrofit
 kits on SMART-T terminals. Future plans include retrofitting all existing
 SMART-Ts and integrating the kit on new systems as they come off the
 production line. The Department of Defense's fleet is expected to number
 approximately 330 SMART-T systems by 2005.
     U.S. Army Military Satellite Communications Project Manager Henry Jehan
 said, "The AEHF upgrade will allow our SMART-Ts to communicate with the AEHF
 constellation at data rates 400 percent higher than those available via
 Milstar Medium Data Rate (MDR) satellites.  Higher transmission rates mean
 better information security and faster delivery of essential military
 communication."
     Bill Puzella, vice president of Raytheon Satellite Communications, said,
 "Although the AEHF architecture is similar to the one we used for MDR, the
 retrofit package offers advancements in modem speed, amplifier performance and
 modulation techniques."
     With headquarters in Lexington, Mass., Raytheon Company is a global
 technology leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, and
 business and special mission aircraft.
 
     Notes to Editor:
     SMART-T is designed in Marlborough, Mass., and produced in Largo, Fla.
 The program accounts for approximately 50 jobs in the metropolitan Boston area
 and approximately 50 jobs in Tampa-St. Petersburg.
     Launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on February 27, 2001, the first
 Milstar II MDR satellite and its highly secure, anti-jam communications
 payload reached its parking space on March 13th.  On that date, SMART-T became
 the first system to log-on to Milstar II's MDR transponder and pass live
 communication traffic between space and Earth.
     The first of two low data rate Milstar I satellites was launched in 1993.
 Earlier this year, the first of four Milstar II medium data rate satellites,
 went into space.  AEHF, the next generation of Milstar satellites, promises
 transmission speeds that will outstrip the capabilities of Milstar I and
 Milstar II.  It is slated for launch in 2005-06.
 
     Contact:
     Patricia Perlini
     219.429.5547
 
 SOURCE  Raytheon Company