U.S Air Force awards $105M to Lockheed for missile defense satellite logistics

Lockheed Martin, a leading company that provides aerospace, defense, security and advanced technology solutions, has been chosen by the U.S Air Force to provide logistics support for a missile warning and defense satellite system. Under the cost-plus incentive-fee and fixed-price incentive-firm contract, the company will also perform legacy sustainment and combined task force support work.

The Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) aims to provide warnings for any theater and strategic missile launches to the President, defense secretary and combatant commanders. It is also used to supply infrared data to combatant and joint task force commanders.

The SBIRS is specifically designed to receive, process and deliver the infrared data to key decision makers through its architecture of hosted sensor payloads in Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO), dedicated Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting (GEO) satellites, and the associated ground infrastructure.

Lockheed serves as the prime contractor of SBIRS, along with Northrop Grumman as the payload integrator and the Air Force Space Command as the operator.

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