Senate report criticizes Space Force plan to acquire secure, nuclear-survivable satcom
The program in question is the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications system known as ESS.
WASHINGTON — The Senate Appropriations Committee questioned why it will take the U.S. Space Force 12 years to acquire new jam-resistant communications satellites to replace the existing Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) spacecraft made by Lockheed Martin.
The program in question is the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications system known as ESS. The Space and Missile Systems Center awarded three contracts this year to develop prototypes with the goal to deploy a new system by 2032. ESS satellites, like AEHF, must be nuclear-survivable and provide global communications for high-priority military operations and national command authorities.