The WGS-11 is being acquired using the funds inserted into the 2018 fiscal year budget by the Congress. However, this requirement was not requested by the U.S. Air Force. The Congress included USD 600 million in addition to the requests made by the U.S. Air Force, to procure WGS-11 and WGS-12.
FREMONT, CA: The 11th satellite of Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) Communication constellation will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force in 2024 by Boeing. The announcement comes in eight months after Boeing received a USD 605 million contract for the production of the WGS -11 satellite, funded by the Congress in 2018. The WGS constellation has been designed to provide broadband communication services to the U.S. military and its allies.
The company has developed a new variant of its commercial 702 satellite for WGS-11, which offers both greater bandwidth efficiency and signal power compared to previous satellites in the fleet. The new satellite is supports more users and allows dedicated beams to follow aircraft in flight. "WGS-11 will deliver hundreds of coverage beams and provides a more flexible and efficient use of bandwidth. We look forward to delivering this critically important asset to the U.S. Air Force in 2024," said Troy Dawson, Boeing vice president of government satellite systems.
The acquisition of WGS-11 took place using funds from the 2018 fiscal year budget, despite the U.S. Air Force not requesting for it. The Congress included USD 600 million in addition to the requests made by the U.S. Air Force, to procure WGS-11 and WGS-12. The deal for WGS-11 was announced early in April 2019, within a month of the WGS-10 launch. The launch was completed using a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 medium rocket. Earlier in November, the U.S. Space Command announced that the WGS-10 was operational and providing communications services.
Over the years, the WGS constellation project has become a multinational program. Different nations have participated in the program in exchange for access to a portion of the WGS constellations. Australia funded the WGS-6, while Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherland, and New Zealand helped fund the WGS-9.