C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

ULA, Boeing launch ninth WGS satellite

21 March 2017

Key Points

  • WGS 9 was funded by Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States
  • WGS 10 is tentatively scheduled for launch in 2018

The ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket on 18 March, providing the United States and six allied nations increased communications capabilities.

Each partner country has access to the capabilities provided by the full WGS system, which include flexible and secure communication transmissions in the X- and Ka-band frequencies, according to Boeing.

WGS-9 is the third Block II follow-on satellite.

"The WGS-9 satellite will be able to filter and downlink up to 8.088 GHz of bandwidth.

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