Boeing awarded $5bn

Boeing has been selected by the US Army as one of six contractors to provide satellite communications systems and services for the World-Wide Satellite Systems program. The five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract is valued at up to $5bn.

The contract calls for six satellite terminal types, operating on a variety of military and commercial satellite bands, including C, Ku, X and Ka, and services for satellite operation and sustainment.

The six types include combat support service very small aperture terminal (VSAT); fixed station satellite terminal; flyaway VSAT satellite terminal; military certified satellite terminal; prime mover/trailer mounted satellite terminal; and deployable satellite earth terminal.

Advanced Information Systems, a unit of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, will provide satellite communication systems, as well as engineering and support services, that provide commercial and tactical beyond-line-of-sight communications.

Boeing’s solution will support current systems and strategic satellite communications to sustain a flexible baseband, while offering continuous technological improvements in performance, logistics supportability, reliability and maintainability.

‘Boeing has assembled a team of small and large best-of-industry suppliers to deliver turnkey network-centric communications solutions that will enable federal agencies, homeland security, military organizations, and others to quickly respond to emerging requirements,’ commented Dan Jones, director of Advanced Information Systems.