Raytheon Co. has been awarded a contract modification, worth around $36.8 million, in support of the Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T) program.
The modification is for the software encryption platform (SEP) engineering change effort, under the FAB-T production contract. The contract action will develop and deliver an updated National Security Agency (NSA)-approved SEP.
This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $1 million is being obligated at the time of the award. The FAB-T Contracting Office at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.
Work will be performed at Marlborough, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed by March 2023.
U.S. Air Force’s FAB-T Program
The FAB-T program provides strategic nuclear and non-nuclear command and control with EHF, wideband, protected, and survivable communications terminals for beyond line-of-sight communications. U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) uses the FAB-T to perform satellite Telemetry, Tracking, and Commanding (TT&C) functions for the AEHF/constellation, including management of the satellites, communication networks, and cryptologic keys.
FAB-T is part of the terminal and control segments of the AEHF satellite system and is designed to operate with AEHF Low Data Rate (75 – 2,400 bits per second (bps)) and Extended Data Rate (up to 8.192 Megabits per second) waveforms.
FAB-T consists of ground and aircraft communication terminals with two terminal types — Command Post Terminal (CPTs) and Force Element Terminals (FETs).
• The CPT is intended to replace existing airborne (E-4B and E-6B), ground-fixed, and ground-transportable Milstar command post terminals. The CPT will include satellite and network control functions, end-user telecommunication device interfaces, and the ability to operate the terminal from a distant location using a remote node.
• The FET is intended to be installed in airborne force elements (B-2, B-52, and RC-135). The FET is a program requirement but is currently neither funded nor on contract for development and production.