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Friday, February 16, 2007

Raytheon delivers NMT satellite terminal

BOSTON, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy begins testing this week on a prototype satellite communications system that links ships, subs and shore installations.

Raytheon said Thursday it was ready to deliver its proposed Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT) as part of a process that is running two years ahead of schedule.

"We have successfully completed rigorous testing and performance verification with our innovative, production-ready design," said Colin Schottlaender, president of Raytheon's Network Centric Systems in Massachusetts.

The system is based on Raytheon's past experience in building military communication equipment and a vast library of non-propriety software on the topic compiled by the Department of Defense.

The company said in a news release that the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command was expected to "downselect" the NMT contract to a single company in the third quarter of this year.

The NMT will the link between sailors and the high-capacity data capabilities provided by Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite system. It also allows shipboard global broadcasting via Ku and X-band services. The terminal provides the bandwidth necessary to handle the flood of new information and will replace three separate systems currently in use by the Navy.

Harris Corp. announced last month its NMT prototype had successfully linked to a Milstar satellite and completed a point-to-point communication under simulated shipboard conditions.
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