The five-year contract for a single source is for the operation and maintenance of SBIRS ground control centers
WASHINGTON – Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $ 1 billion contract to operate and maintain ground control systems for the U.S. military’s geostationary satellites, the U.S. space force announced on June 4.
SBIRS is part of the Defense Ministry’s missile warning network, which detects ballistic missile launches. It includes a combination of two infrared sensors in a highly elliptical orbit and five satellites in a geosynchronous Earth orbit.
Lockheed Martin has been a major performer at SBIRS since the mid-1
The five-year, single-source contract is for the operation and maintenance of the SBIRS mission control center at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, and other operational centers at Peterson Air Force Base and Grillie National Guard Station.
Rob Walker, Lockheed Martin’s director of continuous infrared operations and maintenance, said the contract covers the logistical support of existing ground-based systems and the improvements needed to operate the last two satellites of the geosynchronous constellation SBIRS GEO-5 and SBIRS GEO-6.
Space Forces plan to move to a new network of missile warning satellites called “Next Generation Overhead” Constant infrared beam and a new ground system called Future Operational Resilient Ground Evolution (FORGE). Lockheed Martin has a contract to manufacture three next-generation OPIR geosynchronous satellites, the first of which is expected to launch in 2025.
Walker said these new mutual funds are working to maintain and maintain the infrastructure for the next generation Future Operational Resilient Ground Evolution ground control system and ensure that the SBIRS GEO-5 and GEO-6 satellites are included in the operational constellation.