CMS receives USMC troposcatter contract
Cubic Mission Solutions has received a ten-year, $325 million IDIQ contract from the US Marine Corps to provide 172 Next Generation Troposcatter (NGT) systems.
Cubic will deliver the systems in cooperation with subcontractor Comtech Telecommunications, and will also provide test support, logistics and training documentation, training execution, fielding support and sustainment.
The next generation troposcatter solution increases bandwidth by an order of magnitude and reduces size, weight and power demands by nearly 90 percent, delivering high throughput beyond-line-of-sight capabilities.
Tropospheric scatter technology works by pointing two troposcatter systems at each other that can be separated by distances of more than 200 miles. Highly focused radio waves are pointed at the horizon. As the radio waves pass through the atmosphere - specifically the troposphere - some of these waves are reflected off particles and captured by the receiving antenna.
Advancements in modern electronics, signal processing and inflatable antenna technology allow Cubic and Comtech’s NGT system to provide resilient connectivity with more bandwidth and pack-out to go anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice.
Delivery of the first units is expected by the end of 2020.
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