Raytheon Installs First Nuclear Comms System for US Air Force 

Raytheon Intelligence and Space has completed the installation of its first global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal (ASNT) system to upgrade the command and control capabilities of the US Air Force nuclear bomber fleet.

The ASNT technology uses extremely high frequency (EHF) and Advanced EHF waveforms to provide secure communications for the service’s nuclear bombers and support crews.

The solution has been developed to provide increased capabilities to present mission-deficient systems. 

“These expanded capabilities will provide the critical data needed at the tactical edge to make smart decisions in near real time, including supporting the Defense Department’s Joint All Domain Command and Control initiatives for the joint services,” Denis Donohue, president of Communications & Airspace Management Systems at Raytheon Intelligence and Space said in a statement

The primary work locations for the ASNT are in Florida and Massachusetts, while the major suppliers for the project are in California, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Up to $600 Million Contract

The initial three-year, $134 million contract comes with options that could raise the deal’s total value to over $600 million.

The company is also working on an additional installation as per operational requirements, including 90 terminals with spares and support equipment to be produced by the end of 2023. 

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