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Navy Takes Delivery of UHF Follow-On Satellite

By | February 3, 2004

      The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of the 11th UHF Follow-On (UFO) spacecraft, built by Boeing [NYSE: BA], following the satellite’s completion of its in-orbit test program. The satellite, which will provide secure mobile communications to military personnel worldwide, was successfully launched on Dec. 17. Built for the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, the Boeing 601 spacecraft has undergone in-orbit testing of its communications payload and bus infrastructure. The spacecraft will soon be deployed for use over the Indian Ocean. Boeing previously delivered 10 UFO spacecraft under this contract, originally awarded in July 1988 and now valued at approximately $2.1 billion.

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