Raytheon bags contract to connect military aircrafts to commercial internet satellites

Raytheon is one among several major defense contractors selected by the US Air Force for the program referred to as “defense experimentation using commercial space internet services on military aircraft (or DEUCSI).”

Raytheon bags contract to connect military aircrafts to commercial internet satellites
Raytheon bags contract to connect military aircrafts to commercial internet satellites

Raytheon bags contract to connect military aircrafts to commercial internet satellites

Raytheon Technologies received a $13 million contract to assess the utilization of economic space internet services on military aircraft. Raytheon is one among several major defense contractors selected by the US Air Force for the program referred to as “defense experimentation using commercial space internet services on military aircraft (or DEUCSI).” 

The program aims to help the military to discover the steps involved in using commercial satellite broadband services such as SpaceX’s Starlink, SES’s O3B to connect military aircraft, ground vehicles and ships.  

The central task for the selected companies over subsequent three years is to assist the Air Force in understanding the technical issues related to equipping military platforms with communication terminals that can communicate with satellites from multiple broadband providers. 

SpaceNews quoted DEUCSI solicitation which stated that a crucial aspect of using commercial space internet capabilities effectively and affordably for defense purposes is the ability to switch between space internet providers.