Satnews Daily
February 24th, 2020

Protected Tactical SATCOM Prototype to be Developed by Northrop Grumman for U.S. Space Force

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected by the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center to develop a Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) rapid prototype payload for an on-orbit demonstration of assured tactical communications — the company was selected for the award through the Space Enterprise Consortium.

Space and Missile Systems Center’s acquisition approach emphasized 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 lifecycle of the program in areas such as cybersecurity, architecture and test.

Artistic rendition of the Protected Tactical SATCOM payload will utilize the protected tactical waveform to provide anti-jamming communications to war fighters globally.

Image is courtesy of U.S. Air Force Space Command.

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.

Cyrus Dhalla, VP, Communications Systems, Northrop Grumman, said that since the first protected communications mission, Northrop Grumman has been advancing technology to stay ahead of threats and help ensure this mission-enabling capability. Partnering with the Space Force, the Northrop Grumman team will demonstrate rapid prototyping by developing and delivering a PTS payload to enhance anti-jamming capabilities for our nation’s tactical forces.