Payload deal will enable highly protected comms for warfighters in north polar region

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. Northrop Grumman has signed a $429 million contract with the U.S. Air Force to provide a payload that will enable highly protected communications for warfighters operating in the north polar region (above 65 degrees north).

Northrop Grumman will deliver two Extremely High Frequency eXtended Data Rate (EHF XDR) payloads for the Enhanced Polar System-Recapitalization (EPS-R) under the terms of the contract, which was awarded by Space and Missile Systems Center, Military Satellite Communications Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

The EPS-R EHF system enables secure, antijam, low probability of detection/intercept communications for warfighters; the Northrop Grumman payloads, say company officials, will maintain continuity of protected military satellite communications in the north polar region and are able to work on a separately procured satellite with other payloads.