The U.S. Air Force ordered a 10th Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) military communications satellite from Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems of Seal Beach, Calif., with a $338.7 million contract modification awarded July 27, according to a service statement.

The modification will add funding to the existing firm-fixed-priced contract that covers the seventh through 10th satellites in the program, according to the statement. It includes funding for production, launch preparation and initial on-orbit activities for the  WGS-10 satellite. The work is expected to conclude March 31.

The WGS-10 contract also includes funding for an upgraded Wideband Digital Channelizer that will boost capacity by enabling the satellite to use bandwidth more efficiently. The Air Force authorized Boeing to incorporate this upgrade starting with the eighth satellite in the series.

Four WGS satellites are on orbit, with the fifth and sixth satellites slated to launch next year.



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