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US Space Defence Agency awards $2.5 billion for missile defence satellites

17th January 2024 - 12:38 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London

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L3Harris has been awarded a contract to build Tranche 2 (T2) Tracking Layer satellites along with Lockheed Martin and Sierra Space. (Image: L3Harris)

The Tracking Layer (TL) will deliver a global constellation of infrared missile warning and missile tracking satellites. The constellation will consist of approximately 270 operational Transport and Tracking Layer satellites.

The US Space Defence Agency has handed out contracts totalling US$2.5 billion to three companies for the provision of 54 Tranche 2 (T2) Tracking Layer satellites which will provide missile warning and tracking capabilities.

L3Harris Technologies was awarded a firm fixed-priced agreement with a total potential value of $919 million, while Lockheed Martin was awarded $890 million. Sierra Space was awarded $740 million as a first-time contractor. Each vendor will provide 16 wide-field-of-view missile warning/missile tracking space vehicles with infrared sensors.

They will also provide two space vehicles with missile defence infrared sensors that can generate fire control-quality tracks to provide

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Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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