Lockheed Martin Receives $164M in Support of Space-Based Infrared System

Lockheed Martin Space has been awarded a contract modification, worth around $164 million, to provide contractor logistics support for the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS).

The modification was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) locate at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Work will be performed outside the continental U.S. locations; Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado; Greeley Air National Guard Station, Colorado; and Boulder, Colorado, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020.

Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS)

The Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) is a consolidated system intended to meet the United States’ infrared space surveillance needs through the first two to three decades of the 21st century. It is designed to provide key capabilities in the areas of missile warning, missile defense and battlespace characterization.

The SBIRS program is the follow-on capability to the highly successful Defense Support Program (DSP). The program consists of the space segment of Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) sensors riding on Host satellites, legacy DSP satellites, and the associated worldwide deployed ground systems. SBIRS ground software integrates infrared sensor programs of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) with new IR sensors.

The SBIRS program is managed by the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate (RS) at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin (LM) Space Systems Company is the prime contractor responsible for program development, systems engineering, and spacecraft development, while LM Information Systems and Global Solutions is the ground systems developer. Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems is the payload subcontractor for the infrared sensors.

Air Force Space Command’s 460th Operations Group is responsible for conducting HEO, GEO and DSP operations at all fixed ground sites. The Air National Guard Unit, 233rd Space Group, operates the Mobile Ground System (MGS), which processes data from DSP satellites currently, providing survivable and endurable mission support.

Two HEO sensors and four GEO satellites have been launched: HEO-1 (USA-184, 2006), HEO-2 (USA-200, 2008), HEO-3 (USA-259, 2014), GEO-1 (USA-230, 2011), GEO-2 (USA-241, 2013), GEO-3 (USA-273, 2017) and GEO-4 (USA-282, 2018). The manufacturing contract for GEO-5 and GEO-6 was awarded in 2014, with the two satellites scheduled for delivery to the Air Force in 2022.

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