Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin will provide logistical support for a new generation of agile, commercially based military satellite communications technologies.
"We are excited to help lay the groundwork for the next generation of protected military satellite communications, said Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions-Defense Vice President of Space and Cyber Robert F. Smith.
"We will leverage this expertise to deliver an innovative, cost effective concept that expands MILSATCOM capacity for the growing needs of tactical forces."
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center MILSATCOM Systems Directorate awarded Lockheed Martin the contract to allow the company to demonstrate concepts permitting data to flow seamlessly between existing legacy communication systems and future protected communications systems.
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