Tobyhanna Showcases Agility with New Satellite Terminal Project

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A unique and dynamic new mission is expanding Tobyhanna Army Depot’s portfolio of capabilities.

Personnel from the depot’s Production Engineering Directorate recently completed the inaugural Hardened Transportable Terminal – Modified, or HTT-M — the perfect example of how Tobyhanna Army Depot’s dynamic workforce and innovative approaches position the organization to deliver superior C5ISR readiness for the joint warfighter.

Depot personnel worked with the Missile Defense Agency and Department of Defense contractors to design and manufacture a modification of the existing Hardened Transportable Terminal. The term “hardened” refers to the terminal’s ability to endure interference produced by high-altitude electromagnetic pulse threats.

The HTT-M is the key communications support element to the deployed AN/TPY-2 radars. The HTT-M provides high-altitude electromagnetic pulse and survivable nuclear, biological, and chemical communications. The asset is a subset of the modernization of enterprise terminals — or MET — program, a multi-year, multi-million-dollar mission to upgrade nearly 90 communication terminals worldwide. The modernizations provide heightened stability and ten times more bandwidth for satellite communications used by Soldiers and DOD officials globally. While the HTT’s main purpose is to serve as a temporary bridge between METs, it can become a permanent fixture when a MET is not a viable option due to space constraints.

According to Jonathan Strzelec, chief of the Production Engineering Directorate’s SATCOM and Site Installation Division, the three-year design, development, and manufacturing project represents a major success for Team Tobyhanna.

“Tobyhanna Army Depot has taken on similar projects in the past, but this is the first of its kind for this specific variant. We built the entire thing from floor to ceiling in an effort that was like building a house — we even built the kitchen sink, for lack of a better term,” he said.

The prototype HTT-M includes several storage containers with environmental control units, a generator, and a hardened operations and maintenance van.

Engineering Lead Nicholas Paras outlined the herculean effort, noting that it included the talents of artisans from across the depot.

“This build required the fabrication of more than 1,800 piece parts as well as extensive welding, wiring, and painting by team members in the Systems Integration and Support Directorate,” he said. “[The Systems Integration and Support Directorate] also completed the integration of the shelters and worked closely with engineering personnel for installation tasks,” adding that engineers and engineering technicians conducted extensive testing once the HTT-M was fully assembled.

Mike Vivlemore said the workload allowed TYAD engineers to challenge themselves and reaffirm depot capabilities.

“This was an exercise in proving our capabilities. This project both challenged and improved our already lofty design capabilities,” said Vivlemore. Vivlemore serves as the chief of the Production Engineering Directorate’s Design, Development and Fabrication Division.

Strzelec lauded the effort and its benefits for both the customer and Team Tobyhanna.

“This project adds to the already impressive list of assets Tobyhanna has provided to our Nation’s warfighters,” he said.

The satellite communications enabled by the HTTM are a critical part of warfighter readiness, and the mission directly aligns with Tobyhanna’s long-range strategic plan, TOBY2035, which has four focus areas: Investing in Our People, C5ISR Readiness, Shape the Future, and Strategic Communications. TOBY2035 aims to posture the depot for success in the coming years as the Department of Defense’s premier worldwide C5ISR readiness provider.