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By | June 18, 2007

      Boeing Poised To Submit TSAT Proposal To Air Force

      The Boeing Co. [BA] announced it is preparing a proposal for development and production of the Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT) space segment program.

      Boeing responded to an Air Force request for proposals.

      Boeing’s teammates are Cisco Systems, Hughes, IBM, Harris Corp., Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., LGS Innovations, Raytheon Co. [RTN], General Dynamics Corp., L-3 Communications, BBN, EMS Technologies and Science Applications International Corp., or SAIC.

      The proposal is due July 30. A contract award is anticipated by the end of the year.

      “As the only member of industry who has designed and delivered an operational space-based network, Spaceway, we stand ready to deliver a compliant, low-risk approach to the TSAT mission,” said Howard Chambers, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. “We are successfully executing our current TSAT Space Segment risk reduction contract, and we’ve assembled an unparalleled team that will incorporate proven technology into our solution.”

      The Boeing-led team has showcased TSAT advanced capabilities and technology maturity throughout the TSAT Space Segment Risk Reduction System Definition contract it currently executes for the Air Force.

      That has included demonstrating laser communications, a next generation processor router, and the successful delivery of MP-3 files, streaming video multi-cast and voice over Internet protocol services using the Boeing-built Spaceway satellite currently in orbit.

      Turkey May Buy $159 Million Of Boeing Harpoon Missiles

      Turkey may buy Harpoon missiles from the McDonnell Douglas Co. unit of The Boeing Co. [BA] for up to $159 million, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

      This Foreign Military Sale would involve the Block II Tactical Harpoon missiles and associated equipment and services.

      Total value of the sale would depend on options being exercised.

      Turkey would get 51 all-up-round selected availability anti-spoofing module-compliant Block II Tactical Harpoon missiles in the following configurations:

      There would be 8 tartar, 38 lightweight canisters, and 5 encapsulated.

      The deal also would include containers, test sets and support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government support, contractor representatives’ engineering and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

      In justifying the sale to another nation, Turkey is a political and economic power in Europe and in the Eastern Mediterranean, and a partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability in those regions.

      According to DSCA, it is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist this North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability that will contribute to an acceptable military balance in the area. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives, according to the agency.

      Turkey will use the missiles to augment its present Harpoon missile inventory, which it has been amassing for years, and enhance its anti-ship warfare capability.

      Capabilities of this weapon system will improve Turkey’s ability to contribute to coalition NATO operations, according to the DSCA.

      Missiles will be provided in accordance with, and subject to limitation on use and transfer, under the Arms Export Control Act, as amended, and as embodied in the Letter of Offer and Acceptance.

      This proposed sale will not adversely affect either the military balance in the region or U.S. efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question, according to DSCA.

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