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Report on U.S. Military Power 2012 (17)

(People's Daily Online)

10:56, July 19, 2013

7. Space-Based and Related Systems ($10 billion)

The FY2012 overall space program budget request is $10.2 billion, a 3% increase from that of FY2011, including $2.054 billion for launches, $5.839 billion for atellites, and $2,336 billion for support.

Mobile User Objective System (MUOS): This is the next-generation DoD advanced narrow band Ultra High Frequency (UHF) tactical communications system. In FY2012, $482 million is appropriated for the launch vehicle for satellite #4 and relevant research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT & E).

Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites: they will be a constellation of communications satellites that will replace the existing EHF system MILSTAR satellites launched between 1994 and 2003. The AEHF constellation will provide secure, survivable, anti-jam communications for military users in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and the Netherlands. A fund of $975 million is provided for SV-1 on-orbit tests and operations, SV-2 launch and on-orbit/operations support, and Mission Control Segment development in FY2012.

Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: In FY2012, $176 million is appropriated for the procurement of four launch vehicles and associated launch services and support activities.

Global Positioning System: In FY2012, $1.462 billion is appropriated for the maintenance and upgrading of the system.

Defense Weather Satellite System (DWSS): IN FY2012 the U.S. Air Force requested $445 million for DWSS, but the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act appropriates $43 million for the conclusion of DWSS and $125 million for an unspecified follow-on meteorological satellite program.

Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS): This is the next-generation space-based infrared monitoring system developed by the U.S. Air Force.It is also part of the U.S. National Missile Defense System. Its mission includes: early warning for strategic and theatre missiles; and tracking missiles from initial stage to mid-course so as to provide technical information for missile targeting and to improve situational awareness. The system is also a follow-on project to the Defense Support Program (DSP). In FY2012, $995 million is appropriated for relevant procurement and R&D.

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