US Awards $155m Network Gateway Contract to Raytheon

19 July 2009 (Last Updated July 19th, 2009 18:30)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency within the US Department of Defense has contracted Raytheon to provide an interoperable wireless military network gateway. The Mobile Ad-Hoc Interoperability GATEway (MAINGATE) will integrate heterogeneous military, civil or coalition radios

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency within the US Department of Defense has contracted Raytheon to provide an interoperable wireless military network gateway.

The Mobile Ad-Hoc Interoperability GATEway (MAINGATE) will integrate heterogeneous military, civil or coalition radios into a single network to facilitate unified communications.

Network Centric Systems Integrated Communications Systems vice-president Jerry Powlen said that the MAINGATE solution enables legacy analogue and digital communication systems to be networked.

MAINGATE uses a two-channel, high data rate, next-generation network-centric radio system.

The system enables more than 30 different military and civil radios to communicate with one another while concurrently providing a high-capacity, mobile network.

Other incorporated technologies include disruption-tolerant networking, line-of-sight communications systems and multi-input, multi-output technology to improve performance in urban environments.

The contract provides Raytheon $24.4m for one year with an option to extend the contract to 2012 with an accumulated value of $155m.