SGS-W becomes project of concern for Australian DoD

18 February 2015

Delays in the commissioning of a major Australian Department of Defence (DoD) satellite ground station have resulted in the project being named a 'project of concern' (PoC), the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) announced on 18 February.

Satellite Ground Station West (SGS-W) and an associated network management system, being built by BAE Systems near Geraldton in Western Australia under Joint Project 2008 Phase 3F, will interface deployed forces accessing the US Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system with Australia's Defence Wide Area Network, defence headquarters and support elements.

Australia became the first international participant in the WGS system under a co-operative agreement with the US Air Force in 2007, funding the sixth of 10 satellites plus associated ground infrastructure at a cost of AUD927 million (USD723 million).

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