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Raytheon delivering WiFi to the front lines

$663M IDIQ contract to deliver reliable communications anywhere in the world

Published on May 02, 2019

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will deliver new troposcatter communication systems to the U.S. Army as part of a 10-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract worth up to $663 million to ensure troops have access to secure voice and data communications in contested environments.

“Soldiers on the front lines can’t afford dropped calls,” said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “Our solution, a secure, reliable and wireless troposcatter system, allows troops to communicate in areas that would otherwise be dead zones. Importantly, it also gives the military a way to communicate in satellite-denied environments.”

The BLOS-T C-band troposcatter product line features state-of-the-art technologies to set new milestones for troposcatter communications in terms of range and stability, with up to 100 Mbps throughput in a man-portable solution

Troposcatter – short for tropospheric scatter – technology uses particles that make up the Earth’s atmosphere as a reflector for radio signals. Those signals are aimed just above the horizon in the direction of a receiver station. As they pass through the troposphere, some of the energy is scattered back toward the Earth, allowing the receiver station to pick up the signal. Essentially, it creates a secure communications network without the need for cellular towers or satellites.

In addition to battlefield use, troposcatter systems are ideal for crisis response. One of the key challenges first responders face is a lack of reliable communications after a natural disaster. By deploying a troposcatter system, responders can quickly establish networks even where there’s no available power. The systems are easily transportable and can be set up in less than 30 minutes.

“Think about any natural disaster over the last several years; one of the biggest problems is a lack of reliable communications,” said Todd Probert, vice president for Raytheon IIS. “A troposcatter system easily can be deployed anywhere in the world and can transfer data at extremely high rates – the equivalent to streaming 10 high-definition videos simultaneously at a range of more than 115 miles.”

Raytheon will begin delivering the first units by the end of 2019.

For more information on Raytheon’s troposcatter solutions, visit website.

SOURCE Raytheon Company
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