U.S. Space Force to receive sixth anti-jamming satellite by end of year

The sixth AEHF concluded a new constellation of protected, anti-jamming communications satellites created to replace the MILSTAR constellation.

U.S. Space Force to receive sixth anti-jamming satellite by end of year
U.S. Space Force to receive sixth anti-jamming satellite by end of year

U.S. Space Force to receive sixth anti-jamming satellite by end of year

The way for the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite was cleared when it completed its on-orbit test period on Aug. 27. It will now be transferred to the U.S. Space Force by the end of 2020.

C4isrnet quoted Erik Daehler, director of Lockheed Martin’s protected communications mission area as saying in a statement that successful on-orbit test demonstrates that all space vehicle performance requirements have been met and that they are on track for satellite control authority handover to Space Operations Command before the end of the year.

He added that this is a great accomplishment for the industry-government team, bringing incredible capability for their warfighters.

The sixth AEHF concluded a new constellation of protected, anti-jamming communications satellites created to replace the MILSTAR constellation.

Each AEHF satellite has three times the capacity of the entire legacy system, with the entire AEHF constellation yielding 10 times the throughput.

The Space Force awarded $685 million in contracts to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing in March.

The contract seeks to develop payloads for Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS), its next generation anti-jamming satellite communications system.