Lockheed is the prime contractor for the SBIRS programme which is used for providing continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence. The tasks related to the contract will be carried out in
"SBIRS provides capabilities critical to our nation's defense but we also understand in today's environment that we need to find that perfect balance between capability and affordability," said
"This contract is the third part of a thoughtful acquisition strategy aimed at further reducing cost and cycle time for GEO-5 and GEO-6, while still providing exceptional data to the warfighter."
SBIRS is a new U.S. strategic missile warning system that replaced the 1970s Defense Support Programme satellites.
The SBIRS architecture includes a resilient mix of satellites in GEO, hosted payloads in Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO), and ground hardware and software.
The GEO-1 and GEO-2 satellites both received Air Force Space Command Operational acceptance in 2013. On schedule for delivery at the end of 2014, GEO-3 is currently undergoing acoustic and thermal vacuum testing at
The SBIRS programme delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to the President of
The system enhances global missile launch detection capability, supports the nation's ballistic missile defense system, expands the country's technical intelligence gathering capacity and bolsters situational awareness for warfighters on the battlefield.
Although the SBIRS programme was beset with cost worries, the
The programme seems to have struck a good balance between affordability and requirement and did not see any significant cut in the FY15 defense budget.
The SBIRS team is led by the
"We eliminated unnecessary layers of programme oversight and contract reporting, restructured our test programme and streamlined the production schedules," Colonel
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