Maxar to supply satellite imagery ground systems to US Army

21 September 2020 (Last Updated September 21st, 2020 15:05)

Maxar Technologies has secured a contract to deliver portable satellite imagery ground systems to the US Army.

Maxar to supply satellite imagery ground systems to US Army
The US Army Remote Ground Terminal (RGT) enables troops in remote locations to rapidly downlink, analyse and disseminate data from commercial earth observation satellites. Credit: Pete Linforth from Pixabay.

Maxar Technologies has secured a contract to deliver portable satellite imagery ground systems to the US Army.

The company was selected by the US Army Geospatial Center to supply multiple systems that will allow the users to procure critical geospatial intelligence in remote locations.

The sole-source, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract is worth up to $49m over eight years.

As part of the contract, Maxar has also received two initial task orders with a combined value of $8m.

The system to be delivered is called US Army Remote Ground Terminal (RGT). Based on Maxar’s Tactical Architecture for Near-real-time Global Operations (TANGOTM) platform, the system can be set-up in around one hour.

The RGT is designed to procure data primarily from commercial Earth observation satellites.

In remote locations, soldiers can use the system to downlink, assess and disseminate this data to support military, humanitarian and disaster relief missions.

Maxar Global Field Operations executive vice-president Tony Frazier said: “As the industry leader in Earth intelligence, Maxar is dedicated to delivering innovative solutions for our customers’ most complex challenges.

“The RGT is revolutionising the way users in remote sites obtain the critical Earth Intelligence their missions demand, when and where they need it most.”

The US Army plans to further develop the RGT system into the commercial imagery receive node for its future Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN).

Maxar focuses on developing Earth intelligence and space infrastructure. The company has 4,000 team members in 20 global locations.

In June, Maxar Technologies announced plans to acquire full ownership of Vricon by purchasing Saab’s shares in the joint venture (JV).