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New mission management system and joint hub to enable USAF’s $383M Next Generation SATCOM Ground System
Hughes has been awarded a contract from Boeing to develop mission management, system control, networking and ground hub capabilities in support of an anti-jam satellite communications capability for the Air Force’s Protected Tactical Enterprise Service (PTES) program. The PTES program will provide the U.S. military with a joint ground platform designed to deliver resilient communications services through the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation and commercial satellites. The program will expand to support DoD’s future Protected Tactical Satellites running on the Protected Tactical Waveform.
“Our talented engineers at Hughes are developing a state-of-the-art distributed software design for PTES data, control and management functions using a scalable, flexible architecture that incorporates advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques,” said Jeff Lessner, senior director of Business Development at Hughes. “This major program enables cost-effective, protected communications to more of our troops overseas.”
“This is a significant win for Hughes on a major DoD ‘Program of Record,’” said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of Defense and Intelligence Systems Division (DISD) at Hughes. “After many years of study and interface with the USAF customer, a strong multifunctional team led by Dr. Rajeev Gopal, vice president of Advanced Programs, has shown how DoD can benefit from the commercial NMS work Hughes has developed over the last 25 years.”