Raytheon Co. has been awarded the US Navy’s Multiband Terminal (NMT) contract, which has a combined value during its lifetime in excess of $1 B for development and production.

Raytheon Network Centric Systems will develop, deliver and support an advanced satellite communication system consisting of shipboard and shore-based communication terminals for the transformational communications component of the Navy’s FORCEnet architecture. The Navy expects to field the terminals for operational test and evaluation in late 2009, which is consistent with the Department of Defense’s plans to have its advanced extremely high frequency satellite constellation in operation in 2010.

“This is a tremendous win that recognizes Raytheon’s ability to deliver a reliable, innovative, affordable and timely solution to meet the needs of our Navy customer,” said Colin Schottlaender, president of Raytheon Network Centric Systems.

“We spent over 13,000 hours of shipboard design effort to ensure an easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain system and then demonstrated the system for over 13,700 hours of failure-free operation—far exceeding the Navy’s objectives. We are proud to provide this critical communications system to the Navy and we are confident that our terminals will measure up to our highest mission assurance standards.”