The payload contains modules for the AEHF satellite’s processing, routing and control hardware and software as well as anti-interception and jamming technology, Northrop said Wednesday.
Stuart Linsky, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems vice president of communication programs, said AEHF satellites contain a data rate waveform designed to provide users five times more data through-put than Milstar.
Linsky said the company built the payloads with on-board digital signal processing hardware, firmware and software.
AEHF 3 launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and is one of six satellites planned for the constellation.
Northrop delivered the AEHF 3 payload in February 2009 to Lockheed for integration with an A2100 satellite bus and other space vehicle components.
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