[Satellite TODAY 06-14-12] Raytheon
received a $19 million contract to modify the U.S. Navy
’s Multiband Terminal (NMT) to link it with the Air Force’s Enhanced Polar Satellite (EPS), the company announced June 13.
Raytheon said it has started software and systems engineering modifications to the existing NMT ship, submarine and shore terminals to enable seamless operation with EPS.
The link will allow Navy and Air Force warfighters to overcome communications gaps in the remote polar region. EPS, which is replacing the existing Interim Polar System, was designed to provide continuous coverage for secure, jam-resistant, strategic and tactical communications to support peacetime, contingency, homeland defense, humanitarian assistance and wartime missions.
“This increased capability will give the Navy more mission flexibility and significantly increased capacity to provide protected voice, data and video communications supporting strategic and tactical missions,” Raytheon Network Centric Systems Vice President Scott Whatmough said in a statement.