Canada Taps General Dynamics for Wideband Global SATCOM Station Program

U.S. Air Force image
U.S. Air Force image

Canada’s defense department has awarded approximately $70 million in contracts to General Dynamics Canada (NYSE: GD) for work to design, build and support three communications stations for the country’s military to connect to the Wideband Global SATCOM satellite constellation.

The department said Wednesday that these contracts fall under the anchor segment of the Mercury Global project, which is the name Canada has adopted for its participation in the WGS constellation, which has six satellites currently in orbit.

Boeing (NYSE: BA), the prime contractor for WGS, is contracted by the U.S. Air Force to build 10 satellites total with the seventh scheduled to launch sometime next year.

Under Mercury Global, Canada plans to use the anchor stations to connect to both the WGS constellation and existing military communications infrastructure.

Canada has also entered a cost-sharing program with WGS partners and contributed to funding for a ninth satellite in the constellation, the country’s defense department said.

Australia, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and New Zealand are the other international partners in WGS outside of Canada.

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