The Fourth AEHF Satellite of Lockheed Martin Confirmed Online In Orbit
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Florida, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Lockheed Martin announced on 17th October 2018 that the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected communication satellite, built by the company for the needs of the United States Air Force, was successfully launched on the same day at 12:15 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
At 3:47 a.m. ET, it was confirmed from Lockheed Martin the acquisition of signal.
Mike Cacheiro, the Vice President of Protected Communication Systems at Lockheed Martin commented, “It’s good to return with our mission partners to see the culmination of expertise, skill and partnership that we have worked diligently toward to make this AEHF launch a success. This is a substantial milestone for AEHF, and as we look ahead, we continue to improve and upgrade this mission to deliver these vital communications capabilities to the Air Force.”
The Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system ensures vastly improved global, survivable, protected communications capabilities for strategic command and tactical warfighters operating on ground, sea and air platforms. The jam-resistant system serves international partners including Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom as well.
Lockheed Martin is to deliver six AEHF satellites and the Mission Control Segment. The production of the fifth and sixth AEHF satellites under the program has been also started.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, California, is the AEHF prime contractor, space and ground segments provider, as well as system integrator, with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, as the payload provider. The U.S. Air Force Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Centre, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California is also part of the team working on the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites.
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Source: Lockheed Martin