Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Harris Completes Final Test of Navy Satellite X + K-ban Sat Terminal

Harris completed the operational test of the first U.S. Navy satellite communications terminal to simultaneously provide standard military X-band communications and higher-speed Ka-band communications through a single dual-band feed.

The AN/WSC-6G(V)9 terminal is designed for use onboard the Navy's Arleigh Burke class of guided-missile destroyers.

Harris said this milestone represents the last phase of a 10-year, $172 million contract it was awarded in 2000 by the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), San Diego.

The Harris AN/WSC-6E(V)9 "Ka-ready" terminals currently installed throughout the fleet can now be upgraded from C-/X-band to include the Ka-band communications capabilities through pier-side installation of a Ka-band electronics kit. Fielding of Ka-band kits is expected to begin in the U.S. Government's fiscal year 2011.

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