June 21, 2024
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The Defense Department forecasts about $1.7 billion in commercial satellite communications purchases over the next year.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Space Force's Commercial Satellite Communications Office revealed projections for satellite communications contracts expected to be awarded over the next 12 months. The combined opportunities have a potential value of nearly $1.7 billion.

in a forecast for the industrythe office known as CSCO identifies 10 upcoming contract opportunities, which it notes are subject to change.

The largest potential deal, valued at nearly $900 million over seven years, is for secure satellite communications services for U.S. government aircraft carrying the country's highest-ranking officials and military leaders. This includes the President, the Vice President, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the heads of the military's combatant commands and other senior leaders.

This contract is for global satellite communications connectivity and services necessary for senior officials to maintain communications capabilities during travel and operations around the world.

Marine Corps Enterprise Satellite Communication

Another massive acquisition on the horizon is a potential $495 million to $505 million contract over seven years for the program known as US Marine Corps Enterprise Commercial Satellite Services. The Marines pursue satellite bandwidth in all commercially available frequency bands, providing global coverage in five regions. It would also provide worldwide Internet Protocol backhaul service, including commercial teleports and ground connectivity to the Marine Corps Enterprise Network.

Beyond those two big contracts, the Space Force forecasts other notable satcom purchases, including a $58 million to $68 million deal for U.S. Central Command network architecture and contingency requirements, as well as a $45 million to $55 million contract for the National Guard Bureau's C4I satellite services. .

Sandra Erwin writes about military space programs, policy, technology, and the industry that supports this sector. She has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress and the defense industry for nearly two decades as NDIA's National Defense Editor…

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