Satnews Daily
December 18th, 2017

Navy Multi-Band Terminals to be Built by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems is being awarded a $42,595,747 modification to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option to produce, test and deliver fully integrated Navy multi-band terminals (NMT). 

NMT is a multi-band capable satellite communications terminal that provides protected and wideband communications.  NMT supports extremely high frequency (EHF), advanced EHF low data rate, medium data rate, extended data rate, super high frequency, military Ka (transmit and receive) and global broadcast service receive-only communications.

Work will be performed in Largo, Florida (54 percent); South Deerfield, Massachusetts (25 percent); Stow, Massachusetts (13 percent); and Marlborough, Massachusetts (8 percent).  Work is expected to be completed by November of 2019. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

Photo: Raytheon's Kennedy with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, the outgoing association chairman.

Additionally, the Aerospace Industries Association has appointed Raytheon Chairman and CEO Tom Kennedy as chairman of its Board of Governors for 2018 — Kennedy was named during AIA’s December Board of Governors and Membership Meeting. 

AIA advocates for the U.S. defense industry on Capitol Hill, within the administration and internationally. Its membership is comprised of more than 340 major aerospace and defense companies and their suppliers. Together, they embody every high-tech manufacturing segment of the U.S. aerospace and defense industry, including commercial aviation and avionics, manned and unmanned defense systems, and space technologies and satellite communications.

Kennedy served as AIA Vice Xhairman in 2017. As AIA chairman for 2018, he will succeed outgoing AIA chairman Dennis A. Muilenburg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of The Boeing Company. Other appointments made at the December meeting included Eric K. Fanning, who will serve as AIA president and CEO. He succeeds David F. Melcher. 

Kennedy became CEO of Raytheon in April 2014 and added the responsibilities of chairman in October of that year. A veteran of the United States Air Force, where he attained the rank of captain, Kennedy first came to Raytheon in 1983 while finishing his doctorate in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his Raytheon career working on radar systems and holds several patents. Over the years he has also served as chief operating officer and president of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.