PHILADELPHIA, 20 Nov. 2012. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been selected to support a new generation of agile, commercially based military satellite communications technologies. The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) MILSATCOM Systems Directorate awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to demonstrate concepts that allow data to seamlessly flow between existing MILSATCOM legacy systems and future protected communications systems.
The 10-month contract is for the protected MILSATCOM design for affordability risk reduction demonstration study. The ultimate objective of the initiative is to develop a flexible and agile system that focuses on serving MILSATCOM tactical users. The first phase of the program is designed to determine the feasibility and affordability of using existing or modified commercial protected satellite communication systems to provide rapid development and low lifecycle costs in support of future MILSATCOM service demands.
Lockheed Martin is one of the contractors who was selected for the affordable gateway risk reduction and demonstration portion of this study. This portion of the system will ensure the compatibility of new, commercially based systems with legacy systems, including the advanced extremely high frequency (AEHF) system, for which Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor. AEHF is a joint service satellite communications system that provides survivable, global, secure, protected, and jam-resistant communications for high-priority military ground, sea and air assets.
Work on the new gateway contract will be performed at multiple Lockheed Martin and subcontractor facilities across the country.