Northrop Gets $298M Space Force Satcom Tech Dev’t Contract

Northrop Gets $298M Space Force Satcom Tech Dev’t Contract
Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has secured a potential $298M contract to help the U.S. Space Force develop hardware and software for a new military satellite communications system.

The company will build a payload to support the Space and Missile Systems Center's Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

SMC is obligating $31.2M in fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds at the time of award and expects the project to be finished by May 2025.

SpaceNews reported Wednesday the ESS system is intended to continue the U.S. military's strategic satcom mission under the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite program.

USSF budget documents showed that the service branch would allocate $2.5B for the ESS project over five years, according to prior Breaking Defense report.

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