Monday, January 10, 2005

Caspian Signs Development Deal with Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman awarded a multi-year contract to Caspian Networks for joint development of a critical element of the space communications system payload for the Air Force's Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT) Space Segment.

The Lockheed Martin/Northrop Grumman team was awarded one of two industry contracts earlier this year to enter the Risk Reduction and System Definition phase of TSAT. Under a co-development agreement, Caspian and Northrop Grumman's Space Technology sector will jointly develop a space-hardened IP router design for the TSAT mission. Financial terms were not disclosed.

TSAT will provide warfighters with significantly improved beyond-line-of-sight, protected access to the Global Information Grid (GIG), a secure global broadband network for the U.S. government. The system will support the future battlefield by eliminating bandwidth as an operating constraint, providing networked access for emerging high data-rate applications such as unmanned aerial vehicle surveillance and for highly mobile and dynamic forces. TSAT is a crucial element of network-centric warfare and horizontal integration.

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