Boeing Awarded Follow-on Contract for USAF WGS ProgramAugust 25, 2010 at 10:09 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
(El Segundo, Calif., August 23, 2010) — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that the U.S. Air Force has authorized $182 million for Boeing to begin work on the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite, which is being procured under the new WGS Block II follow-on contract. The contract will ultimately include options for production of up to six WGS satellites, which are the highest-capacity communications satellites in the U.S. Department of Defense’s arsenal.
“In a time of budgetary pressures, the award of this contract signifies the high-priority need of U.S. warfighters around the world for responsive and robust wideband communications,” said Air Force Col. Don Robbins, WGS Group Commander. “It also recognizes the outstanding service being provided to our warfighters every day by the three on-orbit WGS Block I satellites already fielded by the Air Force and Boeing team.”
The three on-orbit satellites, which are operating over the Middle East, Pacific and Atlantic regions, are meeting or exceeding mission requirements…more