Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin $1.5 Billion Contract For SBIRS Follow-On Spacecraft

June 3, 2009
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin Corporation a $1.5 billion contract for the third highly elliptical orbit payload, the third geosynchronous orbit satellite and associated ground modifications for the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) constellation. The SBIRS program is designed to provide early warning of missile launches and simultaneously support other missions, including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness.

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