September 16, 2008
Northrop Grumman Completes Integration of Third Payload Module for Advanced EHF Military Communications Satellites
REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Sept. 16, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has completed integrating all electronic units of the payload module for the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) military communications satellite. The company is under contract to provide three communications payloads to Advanced EHF prime contractor Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Sunnyvale, Calif.
The Advanced EHF system will provide global, highly secure, protected, survivable communications for warfighters operating on ground, sea and air platforms.
Integrated with Lockheed Martin's A2100 space vehicle structure, the payload module consists of the complete set of radio frequency, processing, routing and control hardware and software that perform the satellite's protected communications function. The equipment includes approximately 20 electronics units and approximately 500,000 lines of software code.
"The successful integration of the third payload module keeps us right on track for delivering this payload on or ahead of schedule, as we did for the first two payload modules," noted Scott Willoughby, program director of Advanced EHF payloads for Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector. "This consistent performance is a testament to the experience this team has developed over generations of protected milsatcom systems."
Advanced EHF is the successor to the current Milstar system. Milstar is the only protected satellite communications system operating in geosynchronous orbit. It alone provides our nation's warfighters and leaders with assured, global communications in the face of jamming and other threats.
One AEHF Satellite will provide greater total capacity than the entire Milstar constellation. Individual user data rates will be five times better. The higher data rates will permit transmission of tactical military communication such as real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting data. In addition to its critical tactical mission, AEHF will also provide the survivable, assured communications to National Command Authority in all levels of conflict.
Lockheed Martin is currently under contract to provide three Advanced EHF satellites and the Mission Control System to the U.S. Air Force Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing, located at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. The program is also in the process of procuring long-lead items for a potential fourth spacecraft.
Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin have applied their 25 years of unique, protected satellite communications experience to the successor to Advanced EHF -- the Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT). Technologies, products and processes developed for Advanced EHF are directly applicable to TSAT and other military satellite communications systems, providing a substantial reduction in risk and cost to those programs.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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