Northrop Grumman Providing Two Polar Orbit OPIR Satellites for the Air Force
The Air Force has awarded a not-to-exceed $47,000,000 undefinitized contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, for Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared Polar Space Vehicles 1 and 2. The satellites will be part of the Air Force's new missile warning system that will replace the existing space-based infrared system.
Under the contract, Northrop Grumman also will provide system and payload requirements analysis and risk reduction efforts that will inform a system requirements review. Work will be performed in Redondo Beach, California, and is expected to be completed by June 25, 2020. Fiscal year 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $9,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The award was a sole-source acquisition. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8810-18-C-0006).