BAE Systems has been awarded a $9.5 million contract from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space to develop and build radiation-hardened onboard computers for the Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications satellite system.
BAE Systems Information & Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS) will provide computers for the command and control subsystem of the AEHF satellite bus.
The computers will be based on the industry standard RAD6000 microprocessor built at IEWS’ Manassas, Virginia, facility. The company is also providing radiation-hardened custom logic and memory components and RAD750 single-board computers for the AEHF system payload under a separate contract from TRW’s Space & Electronics Group.
The BAE Systems contract with Lockheed Martin will run through 2005. Engineering models will be delivered in 2003 and final flight units in 2005. The contract includes options for additional flight units.
According to BAE Systems, the AEHF system will be a four-satellite, cross-linked constellation in geosynchronous orbit that will provide communications systems for the US military. The AEHF system will replace the current MILSTAR-II communications system.