Boeing has been awarded a not-to-exceed $605 million firm-fixed-price contract modification for the production of eleventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite, WGS-11, for the U.S. Air Force.
The modification was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) based at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. This modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to around $2.5 billion. Fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $300 million are being obligated at the time of award.
Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 20, 2023.
Wideband Global SATCOM
Wideband Global SATCOM system (WGS) is a high capacity satellite communications (SATCOM) system planned for use in partnership by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the Australian Department of Defence.
The primary contractor for the satellites is Boeing Satellite Development Center, which is building them around the Boeing 702 satellite platform.
The constellation of WGS satellites increases the communications capabilities of the militaries of the United States, Canada, and Australia by providing additional bandwidth and communications capabilities for tactical command and control, communications, and computers; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR); battle management; and combat support information.
On March 15, the tenth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, WGS-10, was launched from Space Launch Complex-37 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida abroad a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket.