Harris Corporation Successfully Completes Advanced EHF Navy Multiband Terminal Prototype Testing Ahead of Schedule
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has completed the formal testing of its Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Navy Multiband Terminal prototype system two weeks ahead of schedule. The company’s completion of the prototype test represents yet another success in a series of milestone achievements for Harris, which is competing for the $1 billion plus U.S. Navy communications program.
Conducted at the Harris Navy Integration and Test Facility in Palm Bay, Florida, the company’s testing verified that all aspects of the Harris Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT) terminal and interfaces to the government-furnished antennas exhibited exceptional performance across the required breadth of communications.
“Our outstanding prototype test results, combined with our ongoing investments in the follow-on NMT System Development and Demonstration phase, ensures the Navy that Harris offers the lowest-risk NMT solution going forward,” said Sheldon Fox, vice president and general manager of Department of Defense Programs, Harris Government Communications Systems Division. “The Harris NMT approach utilizes proven, readily available technologies that will deliver a highly reliable and technically capable terminal to the warfighter.”
The test utilized the common Communications Group and ship Antenna Group terminals developed by Harris, along with U.S. government-furnished antennas for submarine mast, submarine periscope and shore applications. As determined by Harris, it was successful in demonstrating low data rate (LDR) and medium data rate (MDR) communications using an operational MILSTAR satellite. Extended data rate (XDR) and simultaneous LDR-MDR communications also were demonstrated operating with MIT-Lincoln Laboratory’s satellite simulator. Harris teammate Azoic Engineering developed the software required to access the MILSTAR and future AEHF satellites - a critical element of the NMT Phase 1A Program.
Harris won a contract in 2003 to develop four prototypes for the next-generation AEHF Navy Multiband Terminal. The NMT Phase 1A Program is a 43-month effort to design and develop prototype Q-band SATCOM submarine, shipboard and shore terminals in support of the U.S. Navy’s FORCEnet concept. The U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, on behalf of its organizational partner, the Navy’s Program Executive Office for C4I, expects to downselect the NMT contract to a single performer in the third quarter of fiscal 2007. Once fielded, the AEHF NMT will serve as the common element for naval information networks, providing interconnection of individual naval assets with other services and the Global Information Grid.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of about $4 billion and more than 14,000 employees — including more than 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services for global markets, including government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and wireless transmission network solutions. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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