U.S. Space Force Inks $298M Contract with Boeing for Jam-Resistant Communications Satellite
By SpaceNews.com // October 4, 2020
Contract is for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program, known as Evolved Strategic Satcom
(SpaceNews.com) – Boeing received a $298 million contract to build a satellite payload prototype and develop a secure communications architecture for the U.S. Space Force’s Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS) program, the company announced Oct. 1.
The ESS will replace the existing Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites made by Lockheed Martin.
Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin will be developing competing designs for the ESS program.
Each company is building prototypes to be completed by 2025.
Like AEHF, the new ESS program is intended to provide secure, jam-resistant communications for high-priority military operations and national command authorities.
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