The US Space Force has received a portable, ground-based communications jammer to temporarily block satellite transmissions.
The Counter Communication System (CCS) Block 10.2 achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC) earlier this month. The system was handed over to the 4th Space Control Squadron at Peterson AFB on Friday.
The satellite jammer was first deployed in 2004 after “hostile nations” reportedly tried to block American satellite communications. An upgraded version, CCS Block 10.1, was developed in 2014. L3Harris is the prime contractor for both versions 10.1 and 10.2.
“The CCS includes additional frequency bands and other features, with more options to disrupt enemies' satellite communications, and can be updated with agile software development methods,” said Col. Stephen Purdy, SMC special programs director.