The US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded a full-rate production (FRP) contract to Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions (CMPS) for the next-generation troposcatter (NGT) system.

According to Cubic, the next-generation system will provide low latency communications capability to the US Marines by leveraging the technology of bouncing radio waves off the Earth’s troposphere.

With Cubic’s NGT system, the USMC will have the first X-band capability in a troposcatter programme of record.

The troposcatter system will be integrated at the back of a single Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) operated by the US Marines.

Once integrated, the system will provide resilient connectivity and enhanced bandwidth to operators.

CMPS chief growth officer Anthony Verna said: “Cubic’s NGT system is the highest-performing troposcatter system in the world and its advanced communications solutions provide the USMC beyond-line-of-sight communications to ensure readiness during critical missions.”

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Cubic’s latest award builds on a previously awarded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.

Awarded in 2019, the approximately $325m contract involved the production and delivery of up to 172 NGT systems.

The performance period of this contract was ten years, with all the work expected to be completed by October 2029.

Later in 2020, Cubic also contracted Comtech Systems to provide NGT system equipment and other support to the company for the USMC’s contract.