NXTCOMM Defense, the defense division of NXT Communications Corporation, announced that L3Harris Technologies has selected NXTCOMM to develop an electronically steerable antenna (ESA) to support U.S. Department of Defense warfighters. First deliveries of NXTCOMM’s ESAs are scheduled for Q1 2022.
“NXTCOMM is excited to team with L3Harris, a global aerospace and defense technology innovator, to ensure mobile connectivity of our nation’s warfighters,” said David Horton, CEO, NXTCOMM. “We look forward to enhancing L3Harris’ connectivity reliability and speed with smarter, nimbler flat panel antenna technology that can immediately enhance the situational awareness of our soldiers deployed on the ground.”
With no moving parts, NXTCOMM’s ESA works over GEO, LEO, MEO or HEO satellites in a form factor that slots into products today while connecting with LEO satellites that will be full constellations in the next few years.
“In order to meet the evolving needs of our customers L3Harris required a state-of-the-art, small form factor ESA suitable for both manpack and flyaway terminals. NXTCOMM’s ESAs are an ideal complement to L3Harris’ industry-leading VSAT technologies, enabling the multi-orbit terminals that our customers need,” said Chris Aebli, president, Global Communications Systems, L3Harris. “L3Harris is excited about the partnership with NXTCOMM and looks forward to delivering this exciting capability to the hands of our warfighters.”
NXTCOMM continues to build out its internal capabilities and infrastructure to support additional customer requirements and manufacturing heading into 2022.