Air Force Awards $1.9 Billion Contract for More Antimissile Satellites

Global Security Newswire Staff
June 25, 2014, 7:07 a.m.

The U.S. Air Force has awar­ded a $1.86 bil­lion con­tract to Lock­heed Mar­tin to com­plete pro­duc­tion work on two more mis­sile-de­fense satel­lites.

The satel­lites, GEO-5 and GEO-6, will even­tu­ally join a con­stel­la­tion of mil­it­ary satel­lites known as the Space Based In­frared Sys­tem, which is used to give the U.S. mil­it­ary around-the-clock in­tel­li­gence about bal­list­ic mis­sile launches, ac­cord­ing to a Tues­day com­pany press re­lease.

The an­ti­mis­sile satel­lite net­work “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,” Jef­frey Smith, Lock­heed’s vice pres­id­ent for the Over­head Per­sist­ent In­frared di­vi­sion, said in provided com­ments.

The GEO-1 and GEO-2 satel­lites are already op­er­a­tion­al “and have per­form­ance that matches, and in some cases ex­ceeds, re­quire­ments,” ac­cord­ing to Lock­heed. The third satel­lite in the Space Based In­frared Sys­tem is slated to be de­livered by year’s end, and the fourth satel­lite is in the fi­nal as­sembly, in­teg­ra­tion and test­ing phase.