U.S. Space Force asks Northrop Grumman to provide anti-jam SATCOM payload for battlefield communications

Feb. 25, 2020
Space Force will deploy prototypes incrementally to demonstrate new anti-jamming technologies potentially be hosted on other satellites.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Space Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $253.6 million contract to develop a communications payload to protect warfighters who rely on satellite communications (SATCOM). C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

25 Feb. 2020 -- The contract is for the Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) payload is the Space Force’s planned next generation anti-jam satellite system, which will provide tactical communications for war fighters all over the world — including the polar regions — using the Protected Tactical Waveform.

As PTS is developed, the Space Force plans to begin offering Protected Tactical Waveform communications over the Wideband Global SATCOM system and later commercial satellites systems.

The Space Force said in a statement it will award up to four payload development contracts.

Related: Boeing to provide anti-jam upgrade for Wideband Global SATCOM satellite constellation

Related: Air Force eyes secure networking for shared situational awareness in SATCOM-denied environments

Related: Air Force asks Boeing to build eleventh WGS military communication satellite for global C4ISR

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Military & Aerospace Electronics

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