Defence authorities in the US advocate faster and more flexible FMS processes and enhanced collaboration between the services and agencies involved in the programme.
Latest SBIRS missile warning satellite ready for 2022 launch
Lockheed Martin’s sixth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (SBIRS GEO-6) missile warning satellite has been completed and is now in storage awaiting its expected launch in 2022.
SBIRS GEO-6 is the second military space satellite built using Lockheed Martin’s modernised LM2100 Combat Bus, an enhanced space vehicle that provides resiliency and cyber-hardening against growing threats, as well as improved spacecraft power, propulsion and electronics.
Once launched, SBIRS GEO-6 will join the space force’s constellation of missile warning satellites, equipped with scanning and staring IR surveillance sensors that collect data allowing the US military to detect missile launches, support ballistic missile defence, expand technical intelligence gathering and bolster situational awareness on the battlefield.
The satellite also has a flexible design that reduces the cost of incorporating future modernised sensor suites.
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Following a successful first phase of the Guardian DX contract, the US Navy has extended the testing of the platform.