Lockheed Martin has received a fifth payload comprised of anti-jamming, cyber attack protection, detection and intercept technologies from Northrop Grumman underÂ a U.S. Air Force satellite program that aimsÂ toÂ facilitate communications between military leaders and the White House.
NorthropÂ said MondayÂ the payload it developed for the Advanced ExtremelyÂ High FrequencyÂ satellite will undergo space vehicle level integration ahead ofÂ the fifth AEHF satellite launch scheduled forÂ 2018.
Cyrus Dhalla, vice president of communications systems at Northrop’s aerospace systems business, said the milestone demonstrates the company’s continued support forÂ efforts to developÂ satellite communications systems designed to offer secure communications services to the country’s warfighters.
The Air Force awarded Lockheed a $1.9 billion contract in December 2012 to manufacture the fifth and sixth satellites under the AEHF program.
AEHF satellites are designed to offerÂ individual user data transmissionÂ capacity of up to 10 times greaterÂ than the five-satellite legacy Milstar constellation and supportÂ two-way, jam-resistant transferÂ of tactical military communications data such asÂ battlefield maps, video and targeting data.
Northrop added that AEHF will also deliver communications capacity to the National Command Authority in the eventÂ of a conflict.