Boeing has developed a new variant of its 702 satellite for the U.S. Air Force’s Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation.
The new satellite, WGS-11, will be delivered on a recently negotiated contract award from the Air Force. The new design offers both greater bandwidth efficiency and signal power than previous satellites in the WGS fleet.
“WGS-11 incorporates the latest advances in Boeing commercial satellite technology combined with a resilient and robust design specifically for military use in contested environments,” said Troy Dawson, Boeing vice president, Government Satellite Systems. “We look forward to delivering this critically important asset to the U.S. Air Force in 2024.”
WGS provides dedicated high capacity broadband communications connectivity to U.S. and allied forces around the world. Boeing has been the lead contractor on the program since it began in 2001.
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. The U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) accepted the WGS-10 satellite into the operational constellation on Nov.19.