Family of Advanced Beyond-line-of-sight Terminals
FAB-T is designed to provide strategic forces with a multi-mission
capable family of software-defined radios that use a common open system
architecture to link to different satellites and enable information
exchange between ground, air and space platforms. The system will be
capable of hosting a multitude of waveforms that accommodate data rates
in excess of 300 megabytes per second. FAB-T is designed to become the
first survivable Software Communications Architecture (SCA)-compliant
SCA Compliance enables the system's waveforms to
be ported to other SCA-compliant radios and for FAB-T to host waveforms
developed for other systems. The initial development phase involves
creating a FAB-T system that will fulfill operational terminal
requirements for the Milstar and Advanced EHF satellite systems.
Increment 2 will develop terminals to support Wideband Gapfiller System
operations on surveillance aircraft including Global Hawk and Predator,
with other platforms to follow.
Boeing reported that the system passed a preliminary
design review in October 2006.