SES Space & Defense has been awarded a $134 million contract to provide X-band satellite communications services for the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The five-year BPA (blanket purchase agreement) was awarded by the US Space Force through the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO).

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It's the first integration services agreement awarded to SES Space & Defense since the acquisition of DRS GES by SES was finalized last year.

As part of the contract, SES Space & Defense will leverage the multi-mission GovSat-1 satellite, which operates in the X-band and military Ka-band beams.

GovSat-1 is a satellite operated by GovSat and is entirely dedicated to government and military missions.

“SES Space & Defense believes the BPA is one of the foundation blocks in accelerating MILSATCOM-COMSATCOM integration for the space enterprise. The US Space Force established this contract as a mechanism to enable access to commercial X-band capacity globally for the DoD,” said SES Space & Defense president and CEO David Fields.

“We have partnered with industry-leading X-Band owners and operators as we understand the demand for secure, non-preemptible mission-assured capacity for critical operations. By combining satellite capacity, SATCOM services can achieve the highest availability with redundant X-Band coverage and diverse gateway connectivity within sovereign space.”

Luxembourg-based SES confirmed last week that it had ended talks with Intelsat over a potential merger deal. The company operates a commercial fleet of more than 70 geosynchronous and medium Earth orbit satellites.