Lockheed Martin takes control of part of the missile warning network
WASHINGTON, BM – Part of the U.S. missile warning network, which under U.S. military command, is under Lockheed Martin’s operational control in a nearly $ 1 billion deal with the government. In the next five years, the American company will have to support SBIRS – Space-Based Infrared System.
The U.S. Space Forces announced the agreement. SBIRS is a system whose primary purpose is to detect ballistic missiles fired anywhere in the world. The system consists of five communication satellites in geosynchronous Earth orbit and two infrared sensors in the earth’s elliptical orbit.
The use of Lockheed’s services is reasonably expected, given that the American company has been servicing this system for almost 25 years. Next year, the U.S. space command will have a sixth satellite to the system, which will support the entire system’s operation.
According to a statement from the company’s management, quoted by SpaceNews, Lockheed has the task over the next five years to support ground systems that command the last two satellites of the entire system – SBIRS GEO-5 and SBIRS GEO-6.
However, Lockheed will go through continuity as the space command prepares a new network of satellites to be included in the ballistic missile warning. The company has already signed a contract with Washington to produce three of these satellites, which are next-generation and should be operational in nearly four years.
The company’s management confirms that the old satellites and those of the new generation will be compatible. Therefore, the U.S. Space Forces will include the old ones in the operational constellation.
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