Lockheed Awarded $736M to Help Sustain US Military Comm Satellites

lockheed martinThe U.S Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a six-month, $735.5 million contract to perform sustainment work on three U.S. satellite systems for tactical communication.

Lockheed’s space systems unit will maintain the Defense Satellite Communications System III, Milstar and Advanced Extremely High Frequency satcom networks for the Air Force, the Defense Department said Thursday.

The cost-plus-incentive-fee contract is slated to run through Nov. 30 and the military service is obligating $36.6 million at the time of award.

DSCS III satellites are managed by the U.S. Strategic Command and built to provide a high-data-rate communication service for armed forces, the White House and the State Department.

The five-satellite Milstar constellation works to facilitate and secure military communications against adversarial jamming and nuclear threats.

The AEHF joint service satcom platform is designed to allow the U.S. president, defense secretary and combatant commanders to communicate with ground, air and maritime forces in the event of a nuclear conflict.

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