Raytheon Network Centric Systems of McKinney, Texas, was awarded the first increment of a contract that could be worth as much as $1 billion over five years to provide secure satellite communications terminals to the U.S. Navy, according to an Oct. 18 Raytheon press release.

Raytheon received a task order worth $37.6 million through its Navy Multiband Terminal contract, for which the company will deliver 15 shipboard terminals, five submarine terminals and two shore terminals, the press release said. The terminals will be compatible with the Air Force’s new Advanced Extremely High Frequency secure satellite communications fleet as well as the Wideband Global Satcom constellation and other legacy satellite programs.

Raytheon has been working on the Navy Multiband Terminal program since 2003, when it was awarded a prototyping contract. Raytheon was then chosen in 2007 to continue into the engineering development model phase, which is nearing completion, the press release said.