Radio contractsRaytheon wins $155 million wireless contract

Published 20 July 2009

DARPA awards Raytheon $155 million to provide a military wireless network interoperable gateway

Raytheon has won a $155 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to provide a military wireless network interoperable gateway. The deal runs through 2012.

The company said the Mobile Ad-Hoc Interoperability GATEway (Maingate) will integrate heterogeneous military, civil, or coalition radios into a single network to facilitate communication among disparate systems. The Maingate system uses technologies including Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking protocols, disruption-tolerant networking, dynamic spectrum access, and multi-input, multi-output technology.

Jerry Powlen, vice president of integrated communications systems at Raytheon, said: “Our Maingate solution enables legacy analog and digital communication systems to be networked. It includes an affordable, two-channel, high data rate, next- generation network-centric radio system.”

In May the company won a five-year $138 million contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense to provide information assurance and network operations. In April it won a $16.5 million contract extension from the US Navy to migrate its current Tactical Control System to a Linux-based operating system and provide upgrades for the system software.