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Fourth AEHF ships for launch

9th August 2018 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin has shipped the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, to begin preparations for its October launch, the company announced on 6 august.

AEHF communications satellites are jam-proof and offer low probability of detection or interception. The four-satellite constellation will be able to deliver capabilities worldwide. A single AEHF satellite provides greater total capacity than the entire legacy five-satellite Milstar constellation. The satellite enables military communications with real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting data, enhanced by a five-fold increase in individual user data rates.

The AEHF system provides improved global, survivable, secure and protected communications for strategic command and tactical warfighters operating on ground, sea and air platforms.

Lockheed Martin is under contract to deliver six AEHF satellites and the mission control segment. The first three AEHF satellites are on orbit and AEHF-5 and -6 are progressing on schedule.

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