Raytheon has been awarded a $37 million Air Force contract to support anti-jamming efforts for satellite communications.

Raytheon will demonstrate new technology for the Protected Tactical Services Field Demonstration, which aims to improve anti-jamming capability for the Wideband Global Satellite Communications constellation as well as commercial satellites.

"The new, protected SATCOM system will bring a distinct set of capabilities, including flexible access to commercial and government SATCOM channels for seamless transition between SATCOM systems to maximize communications availability for tactical forces," a Raytheon news release said.

"Eventually, hardware developed and tested under the PTSFD contract can be deployed as upgrades to existing satellite communication terminals," the company said. "By reusing the antenna and RF front end of existing terminals, costs are greatly reduced, since those are the most expensive elements of any SATCOM terminal."