EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – U.S. Space Force electronic warfare (EW) experts needed a company to upgrade reversibly to deny an adversary's satellite communications (SATCOM), early warning systems, and propaganda. They found their solution from L3Harris Technologies Inc. in Melbourne, Fla.
The Space Systems Command at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., announced a $120.8 million contract to L3Harris on Friday to for a ground-based, deployable EW capability to reversibly deny satellite communications, early warning and propaganda.
Reversible denial of SATCOM, early warning, and propaganda suggests the ability to turn the EW system on and off, based on an adversary's behavior.
This contract calls for L3Harris to upgrade 16 Counter Communications Block 10.2 fielded systems at Peterson Space Force Base, Colo.; Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif.; Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla.; and at classified deployed locations outside the continental U.S.
The Counter Communications Block 10.2 system is the first offensive weapon system in the U.S. Space Force, which achieved initial operating capability on 9 March 2020.
The Counter Communications System (CCM), first introduced in 2004, is a transportable space electronic warfare system that reversibly denies adversary satellite communications.
“CCS B10.2 represents the end of the traditional way of development,” says Space Force Col. Stephen Purdy, special programs director, at Space Systems Command. Upgrades and enhancements to the system will use Agile Development, Security and Operations (DevSecOps).
On this contract L3Harris will do the work in Melbourne, Fla., and should be finished by February 2025. For more information contact L3Harris online at www.l3harris.com, or Space Systems Command at www.ssc.spaceforce.mil.