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USAF Eyes Savings in Next Batch of AEHF Sats

USAF Eyes Savings in Next Batch of AEHF Sats

The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin have begun negotiations for a potential $3 billion purchase of two high-tech communications satellites. Air Force officials want to acquire the two Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites below the $3.1 billion limit Congress set in the 2012 Defense Authorization Act, according to service officials. “We hope to come down from that when we are done negotiating with Lockheed,” Col. James Hardy, chief of the Space Force Enhancement Division in the service’s acquisition directorate, said in an April 16 interview. The program office at Los Angeles Air Force Base has worked with Lockheed to come up with some “pretty good projected savings” on the satellites, which are the fifth and sixth of the program, Hardy said. The negotiations are expected to conclude this summer; the Air Force plans to award a contract by Sept. 30. Congres...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120429/DEFREG02/3042...

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