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Communications Terminals

The Airborne Integrated Terminal Group (AITG) program has been directed as the primary means for equipping Air Force aircraft with a standardized Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) SATCOM radio system. The AITG program provides for a multi-band terminal that meets the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) requirements for UHF dedicated and DAMA SATCOM. The AITG program also supports other user's requirements for VHF and UHF Line of Sight (LOS) capabilities (e.g., SINCGARS, HAVEQUICK, and Air Traffic Control (ATC) modes). The AITG consists of Receiver/Transmitter (with an embedded modem, voice processing, cryptographic devices, high power amplifier); control display and key-fill panel; Low Noise Amplifier (LNA)/diplexer; and a mounting tray. The AITG will be installed in the following airborne platforms - B-2, AWACS, RC-135V/W, RC-135U, RC-135S, HC-130, EC-130H, WC-135, TC-135. Fixed site (ground) applications include CENTCOM, B-2 and RC-135. FMS customers include Australia, Canada, and Turkey. The program started fielding early in FY03 and will continue through FY08.

Global Broadcast Service (GBS) is a worldwide, high-throughput (one-way) broadcast information transmission system that extends the Global Information Grid (GIG). It provides the warfighter with information that allows action inside the decision cycle-time of adversaries. The full Joint Operational Requirements Document (Joint ORD) threshold performance requirements will be met with the fielding of the ground capabilities and achievement of the Initial Operational Capability 2 & 3 in September 05. GBS is currently transitioning to a new Internet Protocol (IP) Architecture. IP fielding will begin Jul 04 and run into the first part 2005.

The Navy has procured the space segment UHF Follow-On (UFO) satellite tertiary payloads, and will acquire the Navy-unique shipboard receive suites (SRSs) and sub-surface (SSRSs). GMT will replace the aging and increasingly unsupportable GMF terminals with a flexible, lightweight, modular, scalable, integrated tactical quad-band SATCOM terminal. It will operate in C, X, Ku, and Ka bands and provides data rates up to 50Mb/sec. Both Transportable Platform and Transit Case configurations will provide support to Air Combat Command (ACC), Air Mobility Command (AMC), Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), Air National Guard (ANG) and Air Education and Training Command (AETC). Fielding is expected in FY06 and continues through FY09 to provide 133 Terminals and 99 Large Aperture Antennas.

DSCS provides worldwide, wideband SATCOM communications for strategic and tactical command, control, communications and intelligence users and will be ongoing through FY015.

The Family of Advanced Beyond line of sight Terminals (FAB-T) includes the Airborne Wideband Terminal (AWT) and the Command Post Terminal Replacement (CPTR). These terminals are currently in concept definition and will operate with existing EHF and future Advanced EHF military satellites directly supporting National Command Authority and Department of Defense communications requirements. Development began in late-FY02 and will continue through FY07. LRIP is expected to begin by FY07. FAB-T is structured for follow-on incremental developments. The first FAB-T increment is the addition of transponded Ka/Ku capability, which is expected to be awarded in late FY04.

Secure Mobile Anti-jam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T)} is the first terminal to utilize Medium Data Rate (MDR - 2.4Kbps-1544Kbps). It provides unattended, robust, jam-resistant, multi-channel communications for a variety of applications, such as Emergency Action Message dissemination for U.S. Air Forces Europe's (USAFE's) critical command and control (C2) network, C2 of deployed AFSOC units and C2 of deployed Air Operations Centers for ACC and Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). The program is currently in the fielding stage and is expected to be complete by mid of FY03. However, modifications to this terminal are expected to occur in the FY05/06 timeframe to accommodate the AEHF operating capability.

Milstar is a joint-service communications satellite system designed to provide worldwide secure, survivable, and jam-resistant communications capabilities to meet the needs of the National Command Authority (NCA) and the Commanders-in-Chief (CINCs) for command and control of strategic and tactical forces at all levels of conflict. Current efforts required are satellite test support, which concluded at the end of FY03. However, other test support may to be requested of the Program Office in support of Polo Hat tests, Wideband Gapfiller Satellite, and AEHF Satellite testing. Although not considered a high level involvement, continuous involvement in test is anticipated.

The DoD is transitioning to a fast reaction mobile strike force with increasing reliance on unmanned, autonomous systems. This results in an increased dependence on reliable, timely communication of information across Coalition and US forces. The existing communication infrastructure has served the community well, however a leap in capability is required to meet the rapidly increasing demand for bandwidth and connectivity. A transformational, network-centric communication architecture that leverages commercial, DoD and National developments is required to address these emerging needs with an Initial Operational Capability (IOC) objective no later than FY10. A new free-space optical terminal (Lasercom) will be required to support Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) and Line of Sight (LOS) communications for High Altitude Endurance (HAE) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. Specifically, this terminal will initially be installed on U-2 to support a High Data Rate (HDR) transmit of sensor data. An Initial Operational Capability is required in FY13. Risk reduction is scheduled for FY04 - FY06, and Design and Development RFP/Contract award is scheduled for mid-FY06.

Additional development of wideband tactical, protected tactical and broadcast terminals are also required and will likely be done as future increments of FAB-T. These terminals will support Extended Data Rate (XDR) communications tactical and strategic airborne platforms. Upgrades to GMT or potentially a ground FAB-T terminal will be used to support ground users.

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