The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
9 May 2019 -- The low-profile electronically steered flat conformal antenna and a multi-channel terminal will be in production next year and the launch customer will be the Navy’s future unmanned mid-air refueling tanker, the MQ-25, which Boeing is developing under an $805 million contract.
The initial market for the phased array antenna and terminal will be operators of militarized Boeing jets like the Navy’s P-8 surveillance aircraft and the Air Force’s KC-46 aerial refueling tanker, to bring a smart skin design approach these contemporary aircraft.
Compared to airborne command centers such as the president’s Air Force One, most military aircraft have limited connectivity. The majority of military aircraft have narrowband terminals that get kilobits of data. A phased array antenna would give them access to government and commercial Ka-band satellites that provide from 10s to 100s of megabits of data throughput, Gathmann said.
John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics
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