Boeing Defense, Space & Security


Boeing Defense, Space & Security combines manned and unmanned airborne capabilities, intelligence and security systems, communications architectures and extensive large-scale integration expertise across several diverse business areas.

A $33 billion business with 56,000 employees worldwide, Defense, Space & Security's strategy is to understand the enduring needs of customers and provide capability-based solutions to meet their rapidly evolving requirements. The strategy includes understanding the art of using current and emerging technologies to improve the capabilities of existing products and deliver new solutions.


Boeing Defense, Space & Security's success will continue to be driven by its ability to provide customers with the right solutions at the right time and the right cost. To effectively address future evolving requirements for capability-driven solutions, the business is organized around capabilities to further improve execution, reduce organizational complexity and improve competitiveness, helping to better serve customers and compete for and capture new business.

Boeing Military Aircraft

This business includes tactical, tanker and airlift aircraft, weapons, surveillance and engagement programs, and unmanned airborne systems programs.

Global Strike:

  • EA-18G Growler -- The EA-18G Growler is a variant of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet Block II and conducts airborne electronic attack (AEA) missions. The EA-18G combines the capability of the combat-proven Super Hornet with the latest AEA avionics suite evolved from the Improved Capability III (ICAP III) system. The EA-18G's vast array of sensors and weapons provides the warfighter with a lethal and survivable weapon system to counter current and emerging threats. The EA-18G's initial combat deployment occurred in late 2010 and concluded in mid-2011, supporting operations in Iraq and Libya. Boeing has delivered 90 Growlers to the U.S. Navy as of July 2013. In May 2013, the Commonwealth of Australia announced its decision to further increase Australian Defence Force capabilities with the addition of 12 Growlers. Australia is the first country ever to be offered this level of Airborne Electronic Attack technology by the United States and will give the Royal Australian Air Force unmatched abilities in the areas of electronic awareness and attack.
  • F/A-18E/F Super Hornet -- The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is the U.S. Navy's premier strike fighter, deployed in both air-dominance and precision-strike roles. Combining exceptional aerodynamic and systems performance, long-term growth capability, and advanced sensors like the APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, the Super Hornet carries within its design every role a tactical aircraft can perform. The Super Hornet's advanced sensor and information suite collects and fuses data from offboard sources and onboard sensors, enabling the Super Hornet to seamlessly detect and eliminate air, ground or sea-based threats. Built by the most innovative team in aerospace – Boeing, General Electric Aviation, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman – the Super Hornet continues to evolve to ensure it offers the capabilities needed to meet mission requirements now and well into the future. With date-certain deliveries, cost-certain production and proven combat capability, the Super Hornet is the low-risk, high-end fighter/attack solution for the U.S. and its global defense partners. Boeing has delivered 515 Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy as of July 2013, including 24 F/A-18Fs for the Royal Australian Air Force. In August 2013, Boeing and Northrop Grumman began flight tests with an Advanced Super Hornet prototype aircraft with conformal fuel tanks, an enclosed weapons pod and signature enhancements. In combination with other advanced capabilities to include enhanced engines, internal infrared search and track, and a next-gen cockpit, the Advanced Super Hornet offers domestic and international customers a menu of next-generation capabilities that will allow Super Hornets to outpace threats in the 2030+ anti-access, area-denial (A2/AD) environment – affordably.
  • F-15E Strike Eagle -- The F-15E Strike Eagle is the backbone of the U.S. Air Force fleet. F-15 variants are currently in service with the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Israel, Japan and Saudi Arabia. The Advanced F-15 being provided to international customers today provides superior performance in terms of service ceiling, speed, range, endurance and payload capacity while retaining growth potential to ensure the customer can perform missions effectively now and in the future. The advanced F-15 delivers the highest capability with proven quality at the best price on the fastest and most assured schedule to the customer. The F-15 combines the best technological features of any combat aircraft, including the benefits of twin engines for performance and survivability, dual missionized cockpits for greater awareness, integrated avionics such as AESA, DEWS, a digital fly-by-wire flight control system for superior performance, and two additional weapon hardpoints (wing stations 1 and 9) for maximum payload capability. Upgrades are being incorporated into the U.S. Air Force F-15 fleet to ensure the aircraft remain capable and ready to meet and defeat threats today and well into the future. The U.S. Air Force has no plans to retire the F-15. Since entering operational service, the F-15 has a perfect air combat record, with 104 victories and no losses.
  • F-15 Silent Eagle -- Building on a continuous evolution of capability in the combat-proven F-15 family of fighter jets, the Silent Eagle combines cost-effective low-observable technologies with flexibility for large and diverse weapons payloads to meet customer needs in all phases of air combat. Its innovative "2 aircraft-in-1 platform" design offers greater mission flexibility, as it can be rapidly reconfigured between internal and external weapons carriage modes. Airframe enhancements coupled with a Digital "Fly-by-Wire" Flight Control System (DFCS) improve aerodynamic efficiency and fighter performance, and reduce overall weight and drag. Silent Eagle also brings enhanced survivability and situational awareness with its Digital Electronic Warfare Suite, Advanced Electronic Scanning Array (AESA) radar and a bundle of additional avionics advancements.
  • Harpoon Block II -- Harpoon Block II is one of the world's premier anti-ship missile systems, featuring an autonomous, all-weather, over-the-horizon strike capability. It is ideal for both anti-ship and land-strike missions, even in crowded ports. These versatile weapons can be launched from aircraft, ships, submarines and even by mobile coastal defense vehicles. The U.S. Navy and Boeing initiated a Harpoon integration program in 2012 that will extend the life of the U.S. Navy Harpoon program past 2025.
  • Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) -- JDAM is a low-cost guidance kit that converts existing unguided free-fall bombs into near precision-guided "smart" weapons. Boeing's modular design of JDAM offers affordable add-on capabilities, such as a laser sensor to create Laser JDAM for precise prosecution of moving, relocatable and maritime targets. JDAM Extended Range (JDAM ER) incorporates a low-cost wing set to triple JDAM's standoff range to greater than 40 miles. Boeing has delivered more than 250,000 JDAM tail kits on time and at cost since 1998.
  • Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) -- SDB is a 250-pound class, near precision-guided weapon launched from a fighter, bomber or unmanned aircraft that can destroy targets from a range of greater than 40 miles and penetrate more than three feet of steel-reinforced concrete with reduced collateral damage. The SDB system improves sortie effectiveness by enabling carriage of four weapons on a single aircraft station. The Focused Lethality Munition variant incorporates technologies for precision engagements with ultra-low collateral damage. Leveraging the combat-proven success of Laser JDAM, the same laser sensor has been added to create Laser SDB for moving, relocatable and maritime targets of opportunity.
  • Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM ER) -- SLAM ER is a combat-proven, all-weather, over-the-horizon, precision strike missile. The ER variant is an affordable upgrade to the baseline SLAM, incorporating planar wings to improve range and aerodynamic performance, and an improved warhead to increase penetration and lethality against hardened targets.

Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement:

  • 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) -- The 737 AEW&C is a state-of-the-art system providing powerful airborne surveillance, communications and battle management. It can track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously and includes a self-defense capability, an advanced open system architecture and an identification friend or foe system. Ten AEW&C aircraft are in operation; six by Australia (Wedgetail) and four by South Korea (Peace Eye). Delivery of the first of four AEW&C aircraft for Turkey (Peace Eagle) is scheduled for 2013.
  • Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) -- The E-3 707 AWACS represents the world's standard for airborne early warning systems. The E-3 fills the needs of both airborne surveillance and command and control (C2) for tactical and air defense forces. It provides a highly mobile, survivable surveillance and C2 platform. E-3 fleets are operated by the U.S., NATO, the United Kingdom, France and Saudi Arabia. Japan operates a fleet of four E-767 AWACS aircraft. The U.S. fleet is undergoing a major mission system upgrade called Block 40/45. Under a Low Rate Initial Production contract three AWACS aircraft have been upgraded; three more will be upgraded by April 2014. A flight deck and avionics upgrade program is under way for the NATO and U.S. fleets. Installation is scheduled to begin on the NATO aircraft at a Boeing facility in Seattle during the third quarter of 2013. Modification of the U.S. AWACS begins in 2014. Both aircraft will be completed by the end of 2015. Production contracts for the remaining aircraft in the fleets will be awarded later. A major radar and mission navigation system upgrade has been completed for Japan's AWACS fleet. Installation and checkout on a French Mid-Life mission system began this year. A major radar upgrade is underway on Saudi Arabia's AWACS fleet.
  • C-17 Globemaster III -- The C-17 Globemaster III, the world's most advanced and versatile airlifter, is designed for long-range transport of equipment, supplies and military troops and is used extensively to support combat operations, disaster response, humanitarian relief and aeromedical evacuation missions. As of August 2013, Boeing has delivered 222 C-17s to the U.S. Air Force and 34 to Australia, Canada, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. India has 10 C-17s on order for delivery in 2013 and 2014. Boeing also provides system-level performance-based logistics sustainment services for the entire fleet, including material management and depot maintenance support.
  • U.S. Air Force KC-46A Tanker Program -- Boeing was selected on Feb. 24, 2011, to design, build and deliver 179 KC-46 multi-role tankers to begin replacing the U.S. Air Force's aging fleet of KC-135 refueling tankers. The initial contract calls for the delivery of 18 combat-ready tankers by 2017, including four test and evaluation aircraft that will be reconfigured for operational duty. Based on the proven and highly efficient Boeing 767 commercial airplane, updated with advanced technology, the KC-46A Tanker will allow the Air Force to deliver fuel to other U.S. and allied aircraft in-flight, and transport cargo, passengers and patients. The KC-46 features a fly-by-wire air refueling boom, an integrated centerline drogue system and wing air refueling pods for simultaneous refueling. All milestones have been met on or ahead of schedule. The program completed its Critical Design Review on August 21, 2013.
  • P-8A Poseidon/P-8I -- The P-8A Poseidon is a military derivative of the Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 designed to replace the U.S. Navy's fleet of P-3s. The P-8A will significantly improve the U.S. Navy's anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities, as well as armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The Navy in 2004 awarded Boeing a System Development and Demonstration contract for six flight- and two ground-test vehicles. Boeing's first aircraft completed its initial flight in April 2009 and later that year entered the Navy's formal flight test program. Boeing received a $1.6 billion contract from the Navy for six low-rate initial production (LRIP) aircraft, along with spares, logistics and training devices in January 2011; a $1.7 billion award for an additional seven LRIP aircraft in November 2011; and a $1.9 billion contract for 11 P-8As in September 2012, taking the total fleet to 24. In Aug. 2013, the Navy awarded Boeing a $1.98 billion contract for 13 additional P-8A aircraft, continuing the modernization of U.S. maritime patrol capabilities that will ultimately involve more than 100 P-8As. The Navy has now ordered 37 of the 117 P-8As it is expected to buy. To date, 10 have been delivered. P-8A initial operational capability is slated for 2013. In January 2009, the government of India selected the P-8I, a variant of the P-8A Poseidon, for its long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare mission. Under this contract, Boeing will deliver eight P-8I aircraft to India. Boeing will deliver three P-8Is to India in 2013. Australia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Navy in 2009 and will collaborate in Increment 2. A production, sustainment and follow-on MOU was signed in March 2012.

Vertical Lift:

  • AH-6 Light Attack/Reconnaissance Helicopter -- The AH-6 Light Attack/Reconnaissance helicopter is designed to quickly meet the needs of today's defense forces with the flexibility to integrate future capabilities. The aircraft features flexible mission configuration; state-of-the-art cockpit architecture; integrated and qualified sensors and weapons systems; the highest payload for any aircraft in its class; outstanding reliability and low maintenance costs; and a compressed, low risk,delivery schedule to meet customers' needs. The versatile AH-6 is capable of meeting the needs for the U.S. Army's Armed Aerial Scout mission.
  • AH-64 Apache -- The AH-64 Apache is a multirole combat helicopter with fully integrated avionics and weapons, plus state-of-the-art digital communications capabilities to enable real-time, secure transfer of battlefield information to air and ground forces. Apaches are in service with the U.S. Army and international defense forces around the world. The latest version, the AH-64E Apache is being delivered to the U.S. Army and has been selected by several international defense forces. The E-model Apache features enhanced performance, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding, and reduced operating and support costs.
  • CH/MH-47 Chinook -- The CH/MH-47 Chinook is a medium-to-heavy-lift helicopter for intra-theater troop and cargo movement. The aircraft conducts missions from combat to disaster relief and is in service with the armed forces of nearly 20 countries worldwide. The new CH-47F provides advanced avionics for improved situational awareness and Digital Automatic Flight Control, which provides access to automatic altitude and position capture/hold modes for stability in brownout conditions. The enhanced stability enables pilots to perform precise vertical landings in degraded visual environments. The digital cockpit reduces pilot and crew workload and improves operational safety. Improved survivability features include Common Missile Warning and Improved Countermeasure Dispenser systems. The MH-47 provides key capabilities to special operations forces. In June 2013, the U.S Army signed a second multiyear procurement contract for up to 215 F-model Chinooks over five years.
  • V-22 Osprey -- The V-22 Osprey is a joint service multi-role combat aircraft that uses tiltrotor technology to combine the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft with the vertical performance of a helicopter. The U.S. Marine Corps has a current requirement for 360 MV-22s to perform combat assault and assault support missions, while the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) will field a fleet of 50 CV-22s configured for terrain-following, low-level, high-speed flight for long-range special operations. More than 200 Osprey tiltrotors are currently operating in Marine Corps and AFSOC squadrons. The aircraft has been deployed continuously since 2007, participating in numerous combat operations as well as humanitarian, ship-based and special operations missions. The worldwide Osprey fleet has amassed nearly 190,000 flight hours. A second V-22 multiyear procurement contract was awarded the program in 2013 proving for production of 98 aircraft over five years.

Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs:

  • Unmanned Little Bird H-6U -- Unmanned Little Bird is a reliable, versatile, optionally piloted helicopter. It has demonstrated a range of unmanned capabilities, including shipboard takeoffs and landings; maritime operations; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; cargo resupply; weapons delivery; communications and data relay; and manned/unmanned teaming.
  • CAMCOPTER® S-100 -- The S-100 is a highly versatile autonomous unmanned vehicle that provides a unique balance between multi-role capabilities and battlespace access. It can operate from unprepared austere sites and at sea, carrying a 75-pound payload for more than six hours.
  • ScanEagle -- A low-cost, long-endurance, autonomous unmanned air system, ScanEagle has accumulated more than 650,000 combat flight hours. It has now expanded into the civil/commercial arena, executing missions such as marine life monitoring in Australia, conducting disaster assessment in the U.S. and is preparing to perform aerial surveillance for the oil and gas industry in the Arctic.
  • Integrator -- Integrator is an autonomous unmanned air system offering an industry-leading payload capacity to enable the capture of high-resolution imagery in day and nighttime conditions and/or the rapid integration of a unique customer-required payload package.
  • Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) -- In 2009, Insitu completed flight demonstrations with RQ-21A - a variant of the Integrator - as part of the competition for the STUAS / Tier II contract with the U.S. government. The following year, the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division awarded a $43.7 million contract to Insitu to begin full development of RQ-21A. The first maritime flight of the RQ-21A took place in April 2013.


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Global Services & Support

Global Services & Support (GS&S) provides best-value mission readiness to its customers through total support solutions. Operating at 264 locations worldwide, this global business sustains aircraft and systems with a full spectrum of products and services, including aircraft maintenance, modification and upgrades; supply chain management; engineering and logistics support; pilot and maintenance training, and other defense and government services. GS&S offers a unique capability in the market, being able to integrate all elements of sustainment within a single organization. GS&S international operations include Boeing Defence U.K. Ltd., Boeing Defence Australia, and Alsalam Aircraft Company, a joint venture headquartered in Saudi Arabia. GS&S is considered the international partner of choice for many international government agencies.

Integrated Logistics:

  • The Integrated Logistics division comprises a full array of coordinated logistics services that address the life cycle of aircraft and weapon systems. Online, real-time, integrated information systems provide reliability and demand forecasting, total asset visibility, maintenance information and field data to improve aircraft availability and reduce costs. This approach offers a single point of accountability during the service life of a product. As a result, mission effectiveness and readiness are improved while the total cost of ownership is reduced.

Maintenance, Modification and Upgrades:

  • The Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades division operates at centers strategically located throughout the United States, providing high-quality, rapid and affordable aircraft services for military customers. One of these centers is colocated with an active Air Force base, while the others are housed at former military installations closed through the Base Realignment and Closure process. The Boeing philosophy is to work in close partnership with existing military depots, providing complementary capabilities for the nation's support infrastructure. Working together, our goal is to ensure readiness for the warfighter.

Training Systems and Government Services:

  • The Training Systems and Government Services (TSGS) division provides domestic and international customers with a full range of training capabilities, in addition to logistics and asset management solutions. TSGS designs and develops more than 350 trainers for 24 aircraft platforms using the latest technologies to ensure students have relevant and realistic learning experiences. TSGS includes subsidiaries Tapestry Solutions and Miro Technologies, which was acquired by Boeing in 2012. Miro has operations in Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Kingdom.


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Network and Space Systems

This business includes electronic and information solutions; strategic missile and defense systems; satellites and other space and intelligence systems; and space exploration activities. Key programs include:

Electronic & Information Solutions:

  • Advanced Technology Programs (ATP) provides technical solutions to maritime ISR, maritime acoustics and proprietary programs. ATP specializes in small, lightweight low-power electronics; remote unattended sensors; network communications solutions; unmanned underwater systems; acoustics solutions; mission planning and field support; and operations support and sustainment.
  • C3 Solutions provides ground Command and Control (C2), airborne Command, Control and Communications (C3), integrated networks and tactical systems, and advanced communications. Programs include the Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) radio.
  • Cyber and Security Solutions (C&SS) provides network surveillance and data analytics, cyber training and simulation, security assessments, mission assurance, and information operations capabilities to the federal, commercial, and international markets as well as cybersecurity solutions and data analytics.
  • Electronic and Sensor Solutions (E&SS) is composed of two wholly owned subsidiaries, Argon ST and Digital Receiver Technology (DRT), specializing in ISR mission systems deployed in air, land and sea environments.The broad portfolio includes state-of-the-art signals intelligence (SIGINT) processing, system-of-systems and network-of-network solutions, Electronic Warfare capabilities and Critical Infrastructure Protection Systems. The business also develops and integrates reconnaissance, communications, navigation and geolocation systems. E&SS products include Ship’s Signal Exploitation Equipment (SSEE), the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS), the Reconfigurable Airborne Multi-Intelligence System (RAMIS) and the Lighthouse Airborne COMINT and DRT collection systems.
  • The Intelligence Systems Group (ISG) develops, integrates and deploys systems providing advanced capabilities to the U.S. defense and security communities and its allies. ISG has specific expertise and technologies that enable robust situational awareness through collection planning, Big Data management, advanced analytic processing and secure information sharing at the enterprise level. By incorporating the technologies of various Boeing acquisitions, including eXMeritus, SMSi and Kestrel, ISG provides deep vertical content and domain expertise to support customers’ critical missions and offers an end-to-end capability framework. ISG is powered by the combination of best-of-breed technology, a heritage in solution delivery, and customer mission intimacy, allowing the best support to decision makers, analysts and operators.
  • Mission Operations integrates, deploys, transitions, operates and sustains satellite ground systems supporting Intelligence Community, U.S. Department of Defense, and civil and commercial customers for mission success. Mission Operations provides extensive expertise in space C2 and space situational awareness.

Strategic Missile & Defense Systems:

  • Arrow -- Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have teamed to co-produce the Arrow Weapon System (AWS), the first operational national missile defense system for the Israel Ministry of Defense. The AWS program demonstrates Boeing's commitment to developing international missile defense partnerships around the globe.
  • Avenger -- Avenger has been the U.S. Army’s premier line-of-sight, mobile, shoot-on-the-move, short-range air defense system. Boeing has expanded Avenger capabilities by developing derivatives that provide adaptive force protection solutions, and developed an open architecture based on a universal weapons interface concept that enables integration of a variety of weapons – missiles, rockets, guns, and future weapons – on a single platform.
  • Directed Energy Systems (DES) -- Boeing is leading the industry in the field of directed energy, demonstrating the capability to provide counter rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) and unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) and counter Information surveillance and reconnaissance (C-ISR) threat defense using high energy lasers. Key programs include the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD), Navy Solid State Laser Technology Maturation program, the Mk 38 Tactical Laser Weapon System and the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Surveillance System. Boeing is funding additional efforts that will provide innovative and effective directed energy solutions for force protection defense and security applications.
  • Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) -- Boeing is the prime contractor for GMD, the United States' only operational defense against long-range ballistic missiles, and holds the Development and Sustainment Contract for the system. Boeing oversees development, testing, deployment, operations and sustainment of the ground-based system to detect, track and destroy long-range ballistic missiles in their midcourse phase of flight.
  • Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile (PAC-3) -- The PAC-3 Missile uses hit-to-kill technology to intercept and destroy tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and hostile aircraft. The Boeing-built PAC-3 seeker acts as the missile's "eyes." By providing active guidance data to the missile, PAC-3 can acquire the target and ensure a kill through direct body-to-body impact.
  • Strategic Missile Systems -- Boeing has been a key contractor for the Air Force in land-based Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) systems for more than 50 years. Areas of expertise include full life-cycle support, repair and sustaining engineering, systems engineering, strategic guidance systems, ground systems, trainers, secure codes, field deployment, missile integration and systems testing. Boeing remains engaged in numerous modification and sustainment programs for the Minuteman III system that are critical to extending Minuteman's deterrent capability through 2030, and is conducting studies for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (ICBM system beyond 2030). Boeing is also maturing concepts and technologies for a Conventional Prompt Global Strike capability that draws on the company’s extensive missile system background and knowledge.

Space and Intelligence Systems:

  • Commercial Satellites -- Commercial Satellite Systems oversees the design, integration and testing of communications satellites and payloads for commercial telecommunications, scientific and environmental applications. Since 1961, Boeing has developed and produced state-of-the-art space and communications systems for military, commercial and scientific uses. These systems supply communications and meteorological observation technology for domestic and international customers and meet many of the military and civil space system requirements of the U.S. government.

    Current contracts include the MEXSAT satellite communications system, which includes three satellites; four Inmarsat-5 satellites; eight satellites for Intelsat; four small platform satellites for Asia Broadcast Satellite and Satelites Mexicanos; one for SES, and one for ViaSat. Boeing spacecraft routinely relay digital communications, telephone calls, video conferences, television news reports, facsimiles, television programming, mobile communications, Internet connectivity and direct-to-home entertainment.
  • Boeing Commercial Satellite Services -- Boeing Commercial Satellite Services (BCSS) develops innovative solutions for satellite customers by marketing commercial satellite telecommunications services to the U.S. government and other satellite users. The initial target market for BCSS is the U.S. government; future plans include teaming with commercial satellite operators to provide other types of customized communications capacity, including services to foreign governments.
  • Global Positioning System IIF (GPS) -- Boeing is under contract to build 12 GPS IIF satellites for the U.S. military’s satellite-based radio navigation system that permits land, sea and airborne users to instantaneously and precisely determine their three-dimensional position, velocity and time 24 hours a day, under all weather conditions, anywhere in the world.
  • Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) -- Boeing is building three satellites in the TDRS series: TDRS K, L, and M. The first was launched in 2013. The satellites incorporate a modern design based on flight-proven performance. The three previous TDRS satellites were based on Boeing 702HP-class electronics, which are still the standard for the newest spacecraft Boeing is building today. Boeing also has upgraded NASA’s TDRS system ground terminals.
  • Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) -- WGS offers greatly increased communications capacity, coverage and operational flexibility for the warfighter. The WGS constellation, which is comprised of 12 high-capacity communications satellites, is alleviating severe bandwidth shortfalls and reducing reliance on costly commercial SATCOM.
  • X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) -- The X-37B OTV is an unmanned space vehicle that will be used by the U.S. Air Force to explore reusable space vehicle technologies in support of long-term space objectives. Objectives of the X-37B program include space experimentation, risk reduction, and concept of operations development. Boeing’s involvement in the program dates to 1999.

Space Exploration:

  • Space Launch System -- Essential to NASA's deep space exploration endeavors, the Space Launch System (SLS) will be the largest, most capable rocket ever built, carrying humans and cargo beyond Earth. Boeing is responsible for the design, development, manufacture and assembly of the SLS core stages and avionics, working with NASA’s SLS program office at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Ala. Boeing is manufacturing the core stage, which will tower more than 200 feet tall, at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans, La. First launch of the rocket is scheduled for 2017.
  • Launch Products and Services -- Boeing Launch Products and Services is responsible for two Boeing subsidiaries: Boeing Commercial Space Company (BCSC) and Boeing Launch Services. BCSC provides payload accommodations and related services to Sea Launch, a commercial launch provider of communications satellites, which Boeing developed with the current owner, RSC Energia. Boeing Launch Services markets and provides Delta launch services to the commercial community. Boeing procures these services from United Launch Alliance.
  • Boeing CST-100 -- The Boeing Crew Space Transportation-100, or CST-100, vehicle was developed as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The CST-100 can accommodate up to seven passengers or a mix of crew and cargo and will transport astronauts to the International Space Station and other low-Earth-orbit destinations, like the planned Bigelow space station. Featuring an innovative weldless design and a pressurized vessel that can be reused up to 10 times, the CST-100 capsule features Boeing's LED "Sky Lighting" and tablet technology for crew interfaces. The first CST-100 test flight will launch in late 2016, with the first manned mission planned for 2017.
  • International Space Station (ISS) -- The ISS is the largest, most complex international scientific project in history and our largest adventure into space to date.The ISS’s National Lab is a unique test bed for research in the areas of biology, biotechnology, physical and materials sciences as well as Earth and space sciences. ISS research has resulted in major scientific breakthroughs and real benefits on Earth. Boeing is the prime contractor to NASA for the ISS. In addition to designing and building all the major U.S. elements, Boeing is responsible for ensuring the successful integration of new hardware and software -- including components from international partners -- as well as for providing sustaining engineering work.


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Boeing Phantom Works

Phantom Works logoBoeing Phantom Works addresses emerging market opportunities to capture vital new business that will enhance Boeing Defense, Space & Security's core and extend the company's presence in new and untraditional frontiers. By partnering with Boeing Research & Technology, Phantom Works leverages enterprise-wide innovation and concept development to rapidly prototype and apply these new technologies to affordably meet customers' needs. Boeing's next-generation systems are built using "best-of-industry" capabilities to mature systems with analysis, 3-D modeling, simulations and real-world experimentation.

Phantom Works consists of five business elements:

Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft:

  • ABMA develops transformational defense capabilities through innovative, affordable aerospace solutions for advanced strike, mobility, surveillance and vertical lift. Programs include Phantom Eye, a liquid-hydrogen-powered high-altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned airborne system (UAS) that will provide persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; the Advanced Navy Strike Fighter (F/A-XX) weapon system and the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program for the U.S. Navy.

Advanced Network & Space Systems:

  • AN&SS is developing next-generation network capabilities and space systems for defense and civilian applications. Programs include the continued advancements of Phantom Phoenix nanosats and small satellites; the X-51A WaveRider, an unmanned hypersonic scramjet vehicle; development of future space exploration systems; and pursuit of varied network management platforms. Capability areas include advanced electronic and information solutions; strategic missile and defense systems; space and intelligence systems; and space exploration.

Advanced Services:

  • Advanced Services is responsible for driving the development of new businesses with innovative capabilities and transitioning those businesses to the appropriate business unit.

Strategic Development & Experimentation:

  • Phantom Works' Strategic Development & Experimentation organization provides the world's premier family-of-systems experimentation capability and performs customer-focused operator-in-the-loop experimentation. Utilizing live, virtual or constructive assets, users assess future capabilities and better understand future defense and security needs. The SD&E organization also provides network-enabling support to the enterprise and customers by coordinating and integrating the company's worldwide array of modeling, simulation and analysis resources as well as their related experimentation activities. The Boeing Laboratory Network (LabNet) connects company labs with government, commercial and civilian labs domestically and internationally.

Ventures and Special Pursuits Cell:

  • Ventures is developing an enduring capability for creating new businesses beyond the BDS core. Whether developing new products and services or disrupting markets with innovative technologies and business models, the team has defined a disciplined process to rapidly assess opportunities and leverage Boeing's strength to accelerate growth.
  • Likewise, the Special Pursuits Cell focuses on nontraditional growth opportunities for the business. For example, this organization has developed Phantom Badger, a combat support vehicle that is internally transportable in the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey


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Joint Ventures

  • United Launch Alliance (ULA) -- Formed in December 2006, ULA is a joint venture organization created to provide reliable, cost-efficient spacecraft launch services for the U.S. government. ULA combines the successful Boeing Delta and Lockheed Martin Atlas expendable launch vehicle programs to offer U.S. government launch customers a variety of launch vehicle and payload accommodation options. U.S. government launch customers include the Department of Defense, NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office and other organizations. ULA program management, engineering, test and mission support functions are headquartered in Denver. Manufacturing, assembly and integration operations are located in Decatur, Ala., and Harlingen, Texas. Launch operations are located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
  • United Space Alliance (USA) -- United Space Alliance, established in 1995 as a Limited Liability Company equally owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin, is a leader in space operations, offering extensive experience in space launch and recovery operations; mission planning and control; flight hardware processing; spaceflight training; on-orbit assembly, payload deployment and servicing; rendezvous/proximity operations and docking; large-scale integration and sustaining engineering.


BDS backgrounder (PDF)

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July 2014

Boeing Defense, Space & Security Communications