Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is being awarded a contract modification to exercise an option to produce, test and deliver fully integrated Navy multiband terminal (NMT).
The modification, with an estimated value of around 42.5 million, was awarded by the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) located in San Diego, California.
NMT is a multiband capable satellite communications (SATCOM) terminal that provides protected and wideband communications. NMT supports extremely high frequency (EHF), advanced EHF low data rate, medium data rate, extended data rate, super high frequency, military Ka (transmit and receive) and global broadcast service receive-only communications.
Work will be performed in Largo, Florida (54 percent); South Deerfield, Massachusetts (25 percent); Stow, Massachusetts (13 percent); and Marlborough, Massachusetts (8 percent). Work is expected to be completed by November 2019.
Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT)
Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT) is the fourth generation Military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) system for the U.S. Navy and coalition partners that provides seamless assured connectivity between a ship’s or submarine’s computer network and the Global Information Grid.
It will provide joint interoperable ‘core’ and ‘hard core’ communications via AEHF (Advanced Extremely High Frequency), Milstar, UFO (Ultra High Frequency Follow-On), Polar, DSCS (Defense Satellite Communications System), and WGS (Wideband Global SATCOM) satellites, and protected and wideband communications (Q/Ka/X (ship), Q/X (submarine), Q (shore) and GBS receive (ship/submarine)).
NMT is expected to be installed in approximately 300 U.S. Navy ships, submarines and shore stations, replacing several existing SATCOM systems developed and maintained by Raytheon since the mid-1980s. The new system will provide naval commanders and sailors with greater data throughput capacity and improved protection against enemy intercepts.
To date, the company has achieved all technical milestones including achieving fully protected two-way networked satellite communications using low, medium and eXtended data rate waveforms under the extremes of shipboard motion.