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Northrop Grumman to provide tactical SATCOM for US Space Force

Stephen Kuper

The US Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center has selected Northrop Grumman to develop a Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) rapid prototype payload for an on-orbit demonstration of assured tactical communications.

Northrop Grumman to provide tactical SATCOM for US Space Force
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The Space and Missile Systems Center’s acquisition approach emphasised collaboration with Northrop Grumman to define and accelerate a program with streamlined processes, rapid prototyping and non-traditional suppliers.

Leveraging four decades of developing and operating protected payloads to support next-generation protected SATCOM technology for contested environments, the company is using numerous non-traditional suppliers to help infuse more innovation and affordability into the life cycle of the program in areas such as cyber security, architecture and test.

Cyrus Dhalla, vice president of communications systems at Northrop Grumman, said, "Since the very first protected communications mission, Northrop Grumman has been advancing technology to stay ahead of threats and help ensure this mission-enabling capability."

As the next generation in operational capability for the protected communications mission, PTS will represent Northrop Grumman’s capacity for rapid prototyping for quick deployment.

"Partnering with the Space Force, our team will demonstrate rapid prototyping by developing and delivering a PTS payload to enhance anti-jamming capabilities for our nation’s tactical forces," Dhalla added. 

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