Air Force scales back AEHF upgrade

The Air Force is deferring scheduled upgrades to its highly secure constellation of communications satellites so it can fund other Defense Department programs, reports Space News.
Funding for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite program in the service's fiscal 2013 budget request is about $160 million less than the Air Force anticipated it would need at this time last year, according to Air Force budget documents.
The AEHF funding profile included in the Air Force’s 2012 request showed a $948 million figure for 2013, with $392 million of that total dedicated to research and development, the story said. In its 2013 budget blueprint submitted Feb. 13, the service requested $786 million for AEHF, with $229 million allocated to research and development.

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