Five-year single source contract for the operation and maintenance of SBIRS ground control centers.
WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $1 billion contract to operate and maintain the satellite’s ground control system. geostationary U.S. Army Space Infrared System The US Space Force announced on June 4.
SBIRS is part of the Department of Defense’s Missile Warning Network that detects missile launches. It consists of two infrared sensors in high elliptical orbit and five satellites in orbit. geosynchronous Earth
Lockheed Martin has been the primary contractor for SBIRS since the mid-1990s. The fifth satellite launched May 18. The sixth and final SBIRS is in production and is expected to launch in 2022.
The only five-year contract for the operation and maintenance of the SBIRS Mission Control Center at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, and other operations. at Peterson Air Force Base and Greeley National Air Defense Station.
Rob Walker, Lockheed Martin’s director of overhead infrared operations and treatment, said the contract covered the logistical support of the existing ground system and the upgrades needed to operate the two satellites. The last of the constellations SBIRS GEO-5 and SBIRS GEO-6.
Space Force plans to switch to a new network of missile warning satellites known as Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared and a new ground system called Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution (FORGE). Lockheed Martin is contracted to produce three Next-Gen OPIR geosynchronous satellites, the first of which is expected to launch in 2025.
Walker said the new contract fund works to maintain and maintain the infrastructure for the next-generation Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution ground control system and ensures that the SBIRS GEO-5 and GEO-6 satellites will be included in the operating constellation.