L3-Harris, Raytheon Net $1B for Anti-Jam SATCOM Software

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L3-Harris, Raytheon Net $1B for Anti-Jam SATCOM Software
The US Space Force's final Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) protected communications satellite was launched on March 26, 2020.

The Pentagon has awarded L3-Harris and Raytheon $500 million each to develop anti-jam communications software — called the Protected Tactical Waveform (PTW) used in military satellites.

“Raytheon and L3-Harris have each been awarded a $500 million contract with corresponding delivery orders valued at $37.6 million for Raytheon and $30.6 million for L3-Harris, to develop protected tactical waveform capable modems.  This contract provides for research, development and production of protected tactical waveform capable modems for tactical satellite communication operations,” the Pentagon said in a statement Friday.

L3-Harris, Raytheon Net $1B for Anti-Jam SATCOM Software

A ground system, the Protected Tactical Enterprise Service (PTES) will manage the transmission of the waveform over the Air Force’s Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS), satellites and terminals.

The anti-jamming software and ground system will function with both WGS and PTW networks.

L3-Harris, Raytheon Net $1B for Anti-Jam SATCOM Software

After deployment of PTW, PTES and space segment, the military's SATCOM system and Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) constellation will be modernized, with Pentagon wanting a dedicated SATCOM constellation for nuclear command and control.

Work for the current contract is expected to be completed April 1, 2025.

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