Monday, January 30, 2006

USAF Awards Lockheed Martin $491M Contract for 3rd EHF Satellite

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for $491 million to build a third spacecraft for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (Advanced EHF) program constellation.

The Advanced EHF system is the successor to the Milstar system and will offer greater total capacity and offer high channel data rates capable of handling tactical military communications such as real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting data.

Lockheed Martin said development of the first Advanced EHF satellite is progressing on schedule. The team recently delivered the spacecraft core structure to Lockheed Martin's Mississippi Space & Technology Center for integration with its propulsion subsystem. The second spacecraft is close behind in the production flow.

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