Hughes to participate in developing mission management system and joint hub for USAF’s $383M Next Generation SATCOM Ground System
Germantown, MD, April 10, 2019—Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced it 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 tactical warfighters with a joint ground platform designed to deliver protected communications services through the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite constellation, commercial satellites and in the future, the DoD’s Protected Tactical Satellites running the Protected Tactical Waveform (PTW). Hughes will design PTES sub-systems to support these tactical capabilities in the first phase of Protected Anti-Jam Tactical Satcom (PATS).
“Hughes is developing a state-of-the-art, containerized software design for PTES data, control and management functions with scalable architecture to enable the use of advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques,” said Dr. Rajeev Gopal, vice president and Hughes program manager for PTES.
The PTES technology developments will use an Agile Project Management approach required under the PTES contract. The contract work was initiated in late 2018 and is expected to run through 2025.
“Hughes looks forward to working with Boeing and the USAF in applying its more than four decades of experience in developing SATCOM networks and management systems for commercial and government enterprise applications,” said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division (DISD). “Hughes is committed to building and supporting secure global communications networks, and our team is dedicated to helping provide the DoD a highly resilient, tactical network that will enable mission success in contested environments.”