NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–The Air Force has delayed the anticipated source selection for its Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T) program until January, the service confirmed yesterday. 

The Air Force’s N404, a Boeing 707 test aircraft, tests FAB-T terminals. Photo: Boeing.

Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Erika Yepsen yesterday confirmed the news, adding the program is taking longer than the service planned. The Air Force has an initial operational capability (IOC) goal of fiscal year 2019 for FAB-T, which is to provide nuclear-survivable terminals capable of using multiple waveforms and communicating with both legacy Milstar and next-generation Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites.

Boeing [BA] and Raytheon [RTN] are competing for the program.