The U.S. and Canadian air forces will partner to test a communications system manufactured by Lockheed Martin under a contract.
The contract covers delivery of six advanced extremely high frequency satellites and a set of mission control devices to monitor test activities, Lockheed said Thursday.
Preliminary test results showed air force bases in Ottawa and Colorado can exchange data using the AEHF-1 and evaluation and assessment will continue for several more months, the company says.
Mark Calassa, protected communications vice president at Lockheed, said the satellite was built to secure transmissions and help international military forces work together.
AEHF system features aim to help were designed to strengthen tactical communications capabilities that include voice and video messaging, geographical mapping and data interpretation.
Lockheed says other international partners such as the Netherlands and the U.K. will aim to establish their connections via AEHF satellites for the first time later this year.