Lockheed receives order for next set of missile warning satellites
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Mar 06, 2013
The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $284.4 million contract to procure long lead parts for the fifth and sixth geosynchronous earth orbit satellites in the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) missile warning constellation, the company said March. 5.
Lockheed Martin previously received a contract to complete nonrecurring engineering activities for GEO-5 and GEO-6 and procure select long lead spacecraft parts enabling supplier production lines to deliver the lowest possible price for each component, the company said. A final contract for full production under fixed-price terms will be awarded at a later date.
The SBIRS program uses a mix of GEO satellites, hosted payloads in highly elliptical earth orbit, and associated ground hardware and software, to deliver resilient and improved missile warning capabilities for the nation. SBIRS also furnishes significant contributions to the military's missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness mission areas.
Lockheed Martin’s SBIRS contracts include four HEO payloads, four GEO satellites, and ground assets to receive, process, and disseminate the infrared mission data.
The SBIRS team is led by the Infrared Space Systems Directorate at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin is the SBIRS prime contractor, and Northrop Grumman is the payload integrator. The Air Force Space Command operates the SBIRS system.