The US Army Program Executive Office Command Control Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) has awarded a contract to Envistacom for the upgrade of Phoenix satellite terminal.
The Prototype Project Subagreement will facilitate faster development and integration of a new satellite platform for improved tactical communications deployment.
According to the company, it will accelerate the progress of the five-year development cycle into 18 months, which will also involve the testing and certification phase to be performed in partnership with US Army Project Manager Tactical Network (PM TN) Phoenix programme office.
The contract was awarded on behalf of Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace (C5) through the Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with Consortium Management Group (CMG).
Envistacom senior vice-president Alan Carson said: “Deployed US Army warfighters need modernised systems that are resilient and reliable to support global missions.
“We are honoured for the opportunity to collaborate with the army on this project, and I am confident that Envistacom is the right partner to deliver the next generation Phoenix system with resiliency and mobility to enhance mission flexibility and improve readiness.”
System modernisation efforts delivered by Envistacom will result in a relocatable and manoeuvrable system, with reduced size, weight, and power.
Additionally, the company’s cybersecurity team will use combined typical cyber defence approaches with cyber threat intelligence to enable the system to respond and be able to quickly adapt to cyber attacks.
Envistacom Cyber Strategy and Emerging Technologies VP Dr Ebonese Olfus said: “In support of the Phoenix programme, Envistacom’s cybersecurity team will collaborate with our government sponsors and industry partners to adopt effective new concepts and apply solutions in awareness, resiliency, and threat-based defence to all Phoenix terminals.”
The Phoenix satellite terminal is mounted on M1152A1 expanded capability vehicles (ECVs) and provides the army Expeditionary Signal Battalions (ESBs) with high-capacity tactical satellite communication.