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The U.S. Air Force today awarded a $2.698 billion System Development and Demonstration contract for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite program to a team comprised of Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, Sunnyvale, Calif. and TRW Inc., Space and Electronics, Redondo Beach, Calif.

The contract will develop and deliver the Department of Defense’s next generation highly secure, high capacity communications satellites and ground command and control system as a follow-on capability to DoD’s current Milstar communications satellite program.

The contractor team is led by Lockheed Martin as the prime integrator and provider of the Spacecraft Bus and ground command and control segments with TRW providing the satellite payload. The contract will culminate in the delivery of two AEHF satellites and the ground command and control system.

AEHF will provide 10-times greater total capacity over Milstar communications satellites allowing tactical military communications such as real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting data. The first of two satellites under this contract is scheduled for launch in 2006.