Boeing to produce 10th wideband global SATCOM satellite
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 31 July 2012. The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a $338.7 million contract modification to produce and launch a tenth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite. This contract includes production, launch site activities, initial orbital operations and checkout.
The WGS payload architecture can accept the wideband digital channelizer upgrade with minimal impact. Boeing will continue to work with the Air Force to develop WGS enhancements that can unlock additional bandwidth and capacity.
The contract announcement comes six months after Congress provided funding for the Air Force in fiscal year 2012 to purchase WGS-10. This additional order is part of the WGS Block II follow-on contract, under which Boeing had previously been authorized for production and launch of WGS-7 through WGS-9.
The WGS satellites are built on the Boeing 702 platform. All three Block I satellites have been delivered and are in operation.