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NOW WE'RE TALKING:
SBIRS MISSILE WARNING
TO GROUND CONTROL
– CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION,
FLA., Jan. 20, 2017 –
After a successful evening launch, the third U.S .
Air Force Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS)
GEO satellite is now responding to commands as
planned, approximately 37 minutes after lift-off.
Built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), SBIRS
GEO Flight 3 is equipped with powerful scanning
and staring sensors that collect and transmit infrared
surveillance information to ground stations. This
information is used by the U.S . military to detect
missile launches, support ballistic missile defense,
expand technical intelligence gathering, and bolster
situational awareness on the battlefield.
The satellite was launched at 7:42 p.m. EST
aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V
rocket. Downloadable images and video b-roll of
SBIRS are available here: www.lockheedmartin.
"After a successful ULA launch, signal
acquisition is the first critical event in SBIRS'
mission to support the Air Force with early missile
warning and defense," said David Sheridan, vice
president of Lockheed Martin's Overhead Persistent
Infrared (OPIR) systems mission area. "With
communications now established, our job begins to
deliver SBIRS to its final orbit so we can complete
deployments and operational testing in anticipation
of the satellite's formal acceptance by the Air Force."
"Adding this third geostationary satellite to the
SBIRS constellation continues our proud legacy of
providing best-of-class OPIR solutions that provide
real time, 24/7 data to our military and allies," said
Robert Mehltretter, vice president, Northrop Grumman
Military and Civil Space. "We are looking forward to
seeing our sensors capture the first light of real-time
world events shortly, and seeing this data delivered
to the warfighter will make us proud."
The satellite will begin transitioning to its final
location in geosynchronous orbit, approximately
22,000 miles above the Earth. There, the satellite's
solar arrays, light shade and antennas will be
deployed to begin early on-orbit testing.
SBIRS GEO-1 and GEO-2, which were launched
in 2011 and 2013 respectively, continue to meet
or exceed performance expectations. The satellites'
sensor pointing accuracy and sensitivity for detection
of targets significantly exceed specifications. While
SBIRS' primary mission is strategic missile warning,
infrared data will also be made available for new
qualified military and civilian applications at the
Air Force's recently opened Tools, Applications and
Processing Lab in Boulder, Colorado.
The next satellite, GEO Flight 4, will undergo
final assembly, integration and test prior to its
planned 2017 launch. SBIRS GEO-5 and GEO-6,
which are currently in production, incorporate a
new common spacecraft bus, the modernized
A2100, to dramatically reduce costs and cycle times
while increasing the potential to incorporate future,
modernized sensor suites.
U.S. NAVY AWARDS RAYTHEON
$235 MILLION FOR STANDARD
– TUCSON, ARIZ., Jan. 23, 2017 –
The U.S . Navy awarded Raytheon Company
$235 million for Standard Missile-6 all-up round
production missiles and spares.
Raytheon will begin delivery in 2018. The
missiles will be deployed on Aegis cruisers
and destroyers to support U.S . Navy fleet
operations. The award funds the fourth year of
full-rate production for the multi-mission missile,
which recently accomplished significant testing
milestones and achievements.
The contracted missiles will include an anti-
surface capability, which was demonstrated in
early 2016 during a highly successful tactical
demonstration event off the coast of Kauai. The
SM-6 also set a new record for maximum down-
range and maximum cross-range intercepts
in over-the-horizon missions. The display of
offensive capability established SM-6 as a multi-
mission missile with expanded capabilities in
Anti-Air Warfare, Sea-Based Terminal and Anti-
"The SM-6 offers three missions, making it the
most affordable missile per defended area and
threat set," said Mike Campisi, Standard Missile-
6 senior program director. "The SM-6 effector
continues to perform beyond expectations and
beyond its original mission."
Final assembly of SM-6 takes place at
Raytheon's state-of-the-art production facility at
Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
ABOUT THE STANDARD MISSILE-6:
SM-6 delivers a proven, over-the-horizon defensive
and offensive capability by leveraging the time-
tested advantages of the Standard Missile's
airframe and propulsion and the active radar of the
Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile.
• The SM-6 uses both active and semi-active
radar modes and advanced fuzing techniques.
• It incorporates the advanced signal
processing and guidance control capabilities
from Raytheon's Advanced Medium-Range
• The SM-6 deployed for the first time in 2013,
and Raytheon has delivered approximately
The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS
John Paul Jones (DDG 53) launches a Standard Missile
6 (SM-6) during a live-fire test of the ship's aegis
weapons system. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
SBIRS prior to launch. Credit: Lockheed Martin
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