Press Release

COM DEV Delivers Hardware Early to Northrop Grumman for Fourth Advanced EHF Communications Satellite Payload

By SpaceRef Editor
June 13, 2013
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COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV), (“COM DEV” or “the Company”) a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that it has completed delivery of a fourth flight set of hardware for the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected military satellite communications program.

Advanced EHF is the next generation of protected military satellite communications satellites and provides vastly improved global, survivable, highly secure, protected communications for strategic command and tactical military personnel operating on ground, sea and air platforms. AEHF also serves international partners including Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

COM DEV is under contract to Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, to supply six flight sets of electromechanical switches, passive microwave filters and Beam Select Switch assemblies. Beam Select Switch assemblies provide high-speed switching, selectable attenuation and filters that reject undesired signals and provide the ability to adjust the level of the transmitted signals.

“We are very pleased to be working with Northrop Grumman on the AEHF satellite program,” said Mike Williams, President of COM DEV International Products. “Our dedication and support for over 10-years has resulted in the delivery of the fourth flight set of hardware more than four months ahead of the contract date.”

The fifth and sixth flight sets of AEHF hardware are currently in production at COM DEV’s facilities at Cambridge, Ontario and Aylesbury, UK.

The AEHF team includes the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale, California, as the AEHF prime contractor, space and ground segments provider as well as system integrator, with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, as the payload provider.


COM DEV International Ltd. ( is a leading global provider of space hardware and services. The company has a staff of 1,300, annual revenues of $208 million, and facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. COM DEV designs, manufactures and integrates advanced products, subsystems and microsatellites that are sold to major satellite prime contractors, government agencies and satellite operators, for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and defense applications. The company has won contracts to supply its equipment on over 900 spacecraft. COM DEV’s majority-owned subsidiary, exactEarth Ltd., provides satellite data services for global maritime surveillance.

SpaceRef staff editor.