BAE Systems has been awarded a $55 million contract from TRW to develop and build radiation-hardened electronics for the US Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications satellite system.
According to a statement, Information & Electronic Warfare Systems’ (IEWS) Space Systems and Electronics business area will provide its RAD750 single-board computers for the AEHF system’s digital payload as well as a variety of radiation-hardened custom logic and memory components built at IEWS’ Manassas, Virginia, facility.
The AEHF System is designed to be a four-satellite, cross-linked constellation in geosynchronous orbit that will provide secure, survivable, and protected communications systems for the US military. The AEHF system will replace the current MILSTAR-II communications system.
The BAE SYSTEMS contract with TRW’s Space & Electronics group will run through 2004. It includes development and production of assets for engineering models and two flight models.