22 Jun 2018

Northrop Grumman to provide continuous coverage of polar regions

Northrop Grumman has agreed a deal worth $429m with the US Air Force to provide highly protected communications for warfighters.

The contract was awarded by Space and Missile Systems Center, Military Satellite Communications Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California and will see the company provide two Extremely High Frequency eXtended Data Rate (EHF XDR) payloads for the Enhanced Polar System-Recapitalization (EPS-R).

The EPS-R EHF system provides secure, anti-jam, low probability of detection/intercept communications for warfighters. The EPS-R payloads will maintain continuity of protected military satellite communications in the North Polar Region, and are designed to enable hosting on a separately procured satellite with other payloads.

In 2013, Northrop Grumman delivered two payloads that were hosted on government-owned satellites to bring next-generation protected, EHF communications to military users in the north polar region (above 65◦ North).

Cyrus Dhalla, Vice President, communications systems, Northrop Grumman said: “EPS-R provides communications services to critical national security users. We are pleased to support the Air Force as a system prime in the timely recapitalisation of the protected, anti-jam communications capabilities in the strategically important polar region.”

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