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Enabling Anti-jam/Low Probability of Intercept (LPI)/Low Probability of Detection (LPD) Assured Connectivity for tactical military mission

In a benign environment, the joint satellite communications (SATCOM) architecture is very robust. However, the SATCOM architecture changes drastically in a hostile, stressed, electronic warfare (EW) environment. Both commercial Ku-band and military Ka-band links are extremely vulnerable to electronic interference, both natural and adversarial. While protected Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites provide the capability to operate in adverse conditions, existing terminals are not widely available due to their size and cost. There is an unmet, near-term need for protected AEHF satellite communication terminals for the warfighter.

The LCT Solution

Comtech Telecommunications, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin have jointly developed highly affordable satellite terminals for protected communications on the move and at the halt.


Protected Communications On The Move

P-COTM mounted on a military truck
  • Developed jointly by Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, the baseline terminal is interoperable with Milstar and AEHF satellite systems currently in orbit.
  • A tactically rugged terminal with a low-profile vehicle antenna developed in three years; half the time of development cycles for fielded Milstar- and AEHF-compatible terminals.
  • This solution achieves affordability by leveraging existing designs, technology, and government and commercial investments while implementing commercial best practices for procurement and production.
  • The hardware and software are extensible to other form factor terminals such as small, fixed terminals that can be packed in transit cases, shipboard terminals for small deck ships, and low-cost airborne terminals for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and piloted aircraft.


Protected Airborne Communications

  • Protected Airborne AEHF Terminal developed to for MC-130J missions.
  • The P-Airborne design is applicable to larger airborne platforms as well as fighters and UAVs
  • The complete terminal system is packaged in one transit case.
  • End Crytographic Unit is being developed for use over AEHF satellite
  • Capable of XDR data rate.


Protected Ground & Sea Communications

  • Developed in collaboration with Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, P-Ultra is an easily transportable terminal for Communications at-the-Halt.
  • The P-Ultra system is significantly smaller and lighter than currently available protected communication alternatives.
  • The complete terminal system is packaged in one transit case.
  • One person can easily set up the system within 7 minutes.
  • P-Ultra is designed to support modular quick-change feed and upgrade kits to provide backward compatibility for traditional operations in Ku- and Ka-bands.
  • The P-Ultra is a land and maritime terminal with high speed, hyper accurate auto-acquire and high speed tracking technology.

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Construction of LCT

The LCT solution takes advantage of Northrop Grumman’s and Lockheed Martin’s proven knowledge and engineering experience in protected military SATCOM through Milstar and AEHF anti-jam satellites, and builds on our highly secure, deployable satellite communication systems, based on a modular architecture with plug-and-play interfaces and integrated logistics support.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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About Comtech Telecommunications

Comtech Telecommunications  is a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology. Comtech Telecommunications infrastructure forms the foundation for market leading solutions in E9-1-1, text messaging, commercial location and deployable wireless communications. Comtech Telecommunications is at the forefront of new mobile cloud computing services, providing wireless applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications and telematics. Millions of consumers around the world use Comtech Telecommunications wireless apps as a fundamental part of their daily lives. Government agencies utilize Comtech Telecommunications’ cyber-security expertise, professional services and highly secure deployable satellite solutions for mission-critical communications. Headquartered in Melville, New York, Comtech Telecommunications maintains technical, service and sales offices around the world. To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless technologies, visit www.telecomsys.com.

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Low Cost Terminal Contact

Doug Houston
Comtech Telecommunications
dhouston@telecomsys.com | 813-418-8024
Justin Kuck
Lockheed Martin
justin.kuck@lmco.com | 408-742-7109
Dan Johnson
Northrop Grumman
dan.r.johnson@ngc.com | 310-332-5410


Mikel Savides
Lockheed Martin
mikel.savides@lmco.com | 408-742-5605
Sally Koris
Northrop Grumman
sally.koris@ngc.com | 310-812-4721

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