NXTCOMM Defense, the defense division of NXT Communications Corporation, announced that L3Harris Technologies has selected them to develop an Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA) to support the U.S. Department of Defense warfighters. First deliveries of NXTCOMM's ESAs are scheduled for Q1 2022.
David Horton, CEO at NXTCOMM said that they are excited to team up with L3Harris, a global aerospace and defense technology innovator, to ensure mobile connectivity of the nation's warfighters. He also said that they look forward to enhancing L3Harris' connectivity, reliability and speed with smarter, nimbler flat panel antenna technology that can immediately enhance the situational awareness of their soldiers on the ground.
With no moving parts, NXTCOMM's ESA works with GEO, LEO, MEO or HEO satellites in a form factor that can easily be integrated into products today while connecting with LEO satellites that will be full constellations in the next few years.
Chris Aebli, President, Global Communications Systems at L3Harris said that in order to meet the evolving needs of their customers L3Harris required a state-of-the-art, small form factor ESA suitable for both manpack and flyaway terminals. NXTCOMM's ESAs are an ideal complement to L3Harris' industry-leading VSAT technologies, enabling the multi-orbit terminals that their customers need. L3Harris Technologies is excited about the partnership with NXTCOMM and looks forward to delivering this exciting capability to the hands of the warfighters.
NXTCOMM continues to build out its internal capabilities and infrastructure to support additional customer requirements and manufacturing heading into 2022.