Raytheon to Produce SATCOM System for New Virginia Class Submarine; Contract Valued at $29.4 Million
MCKINNEY, Texas, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Under a $29.4 million contract from Electric Boat Corporation, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will produce new Submarine High Data Rate (Sub HDR) multi-band satellite communication (SATCOM) systems for the new Virginia Class submarine. Work will begin immediately.
Sub HDR is a communication system that connects submariners to the above sea world by giving them for the first time high data rate, multi-band SATCOM capability. Sailors deploy Sub HDR by raising a mast-mounted antenna above the ocean's surface, while the boat remains submerged-and stealthy-at periscope depth.
The system connects to the Global Broadcast Service, the Milstar satellite constellation, and the Defense Satellite Communication System to send and receive mission-critical information such as secure wideband multi-media, voice and data traffic, imagery and video teleconferencing. Sub HDR enables underwater forces to be full participants in coordinated fleet battle group and FORCEnet operations.
To date, Raytheon has developed and delivered more than 50 Sub HDRs under contracts worth more than $160 million. Its customers include: Newport News Shipyard, for the first build of Virginia Class submarines; Electric Boat Corporation, for the second build of Virginia Class submarines; and the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence and Space, for existing classes of United States and United Kingdom submarines.
The Virginia Class is the next-generation U.S. attack submarine and the first class designed for a broad spectrum of missions including regional, littoral, and open-ocean or "blue water" combat. Virginia Class submarines have two Sub HDR masts that allow simultaneous communication at Super High Frequency (SHF) and Extremely High Frequency (EHF). This capability increases naval warfighters' connectivity which results in increased lethality.
Raytheon Company, with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.
Note to editors:
Electric Boat Corporation is located in Groton, Conn.
Raytheon employees in Marlborough, Mass., design and develop Sub HDR. Employees in Largo, Fla., manufacture the system.
Sub HDR's acquisition began in 1996, following a competitive procurement and Raytheon's selection. Within 21 months, the system performed a land-based, over-the-air demonstration of its SHF and EHF multi-band satellite tracking and communication capabilities. In 1999, Raytheon upgraded the SATCOM mast to receive Ka-band high data rate Global Broadcast Service. In August 2002, Sub HDR was tested on the attack submarine USS Providence SSN 719.
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