Cobham issued Wideband Global SATCOM contract
Cobham has revealed that it has been awarded a contract to supply electronic systems to Boeing’s Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite programme. The contract, worth $65 million, was announced 10 August 2012.
Under the contract, Cobham Defense Electronics will supply 1000 modules for the phased array antennas on each satellite. The modules are made up of a complex power amplifier, beamformer and receive amplifier modules. The modules allow the satellite to transmit and receive communications. In total the contract will fund production on three satellite flight sets, with additional options for three more sets.
Boeing is developing the Wideband Global SATCOM is to provide broadband communications connectivity for US and allied warfighters around the world. WGS is the highest-capacity military communications system in the US Department of Defense arsenal, providing a ‘quantum leap in communications capability’ for the US military.
Long lead time work on the contract started in 2010, and production began in early 2012. Work is expected to be finished in 2013.
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