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Lockheed Receives Order for 2 More SBIRS Satellites

by: Matthew Potter
October 31, 2012

Category: Business Line, Companies, Contract Additions, Contract Awards, development program, Events, Lockheed Martin, missile defense, production program, Satellites, Services, U.S. Air Force | RSS 2.0

The Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) is the new missile warning satellite constellation being placed into orbit by the U.S. Air Force. It will consist of 2 different systems. One of these will be in high orbits and the others in geosynchronous orbits. Lockheed Martin (LMT) is a major contractor with the program.

The Air Force recently awarded a contract to Lockheed for the next 2 geosynchronous satellites – GEO 5 and 6. The initial value of the contract is a little over $80 million. This will fund further non-recurring effort on the 2 satellites as well as begin some long lead procurement.

GEO-1 satellite was launched last spring and is in orbit conducting tests. GEO-2, 3 & 4 are in production with the launch date of GEO-2 set for March of next year.

Over the next several years the rest of the systems will be built and placed into orbit replacing older Cold War era systems.

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