Hughes awarded PTES work
Hughes Network Systems has received a contract from Boeing to develop mission management, system control, networking and ground hub capabilities.
The company will participate in developing the capabilities for the US Air Force's $383 million Next Generation SATCOM Ground System, to support anti-jam satellite communications capabilities for the air force’s Protected Tactical Enterprise Service (PTES) programme.
The PTES programme aims to provide tactical soldiers with a joint ground platform designed to deliver protected communications services through the Wideband Global Satcom satellite constellation, commercial satellites and in the future, the Department of Defense's protected tactical satellites running the protected tactical waveform. Hughes will design PTES sub-systems to support these tactical capabilities in the first phase of Protected Anti-Jam Tactical Satcom.
Rajeev Gopal, vice president and Hughes program manager for PTES, said: ‘Hughes is developing a state-of-the-art, containerised software design for PTES data, control and management functions with scalable architecture to enable the use of advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques.’
The PTES contract work was initiated in late 2018 and is expected to run through 2025.
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