A team comprised ofÂ Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Comtech TelecommunicationsÂ has integrated and tested a new terminal platform with an engineering model of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency payload.
The Lockheed-Northrop-Comtech team developed theÂ Low Cost TerminalÂ in a push to address a demand for terminals that can offer mobile access to the AEHF military satellite communications network’s protected communications system,Â Lockheed said Thursday.
The integration and test effortsÂ occurred at Northrop’s facility in Redondo Beach, California, and assessed the terminal’s hardware and software features and capacityÂ to communicate the AEHF waveform as well as the system’s readiness for over-the-air-testing with on-orbit satellites.
Iris Bombelyn, vice president of protected communications at Lockheed’s space systems business, said the LCT team aims to demonstrate the potential of the terminalÂ to receive and transmit information in congested and hostile environments.
Bombelyn added the AEHF is designed to provideÂ an assured communications link to national and military leaders of the U.S. and its allies.
The LCT team currently developsÂ airborne, ground comm-on-the-move and rapidly deployable fixed terminal variants designed forÂ tactical applications.
Lockheed said testing of the platformÂ in the coming months will includeÂ an on-orbit demonstration with an AEHF satellite.