The Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., has issued a final request for proposals for the Transformational Satellite Communications System space segment. The contract could be worth up to $15 billion. Teams led by Boeing and Lockheed Martin have been vying for TSAT, both successfully completing system design reviews earlier this year. The Air Force expects to launch the first TSAT spacecraft in 2016. Congress withheld some TSAT funding last year, but they seem inclined this year to support the Administration request.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.