Lockheed Martin and U.S.MDA Partner to Develop a Mission for New Missile Warning Satellite in Block 1, Block 2

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Loral Corp., and other companies have partnered to design and supply a mission capability for a new SBIRS Missile Warning satellite under a strategic partnership between the United States Space Command and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. The mission will follow Lockheed Martin’s production of the MRA4 SBIRS guidance system.

Keely V. Evans, president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, led the team in developing a vehicle platform for a new defense force capability developed using the company’s signature unique synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology. The SBIRS missile warning system is a crucial component of Lockheed Martin’s Government-Commercial partnership with U.S. Missile Defense Agency. The combined company will focus on enabling U.S. military commanders to better predict and protect America’s space assets and assets within the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

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The projected mission capabilities of the new SBIRS missile warning mission and ability to continuously change its mission will be a significant advantage to U.S. strategic forces in the way they respond to crises in space, as well as response to biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear threats. A U.S. satellite and spacecraft can now detect and track incoming ballistic and cruise missiles and close in on the enemy satellite. As part of this mission, the missile warning satellite will track incoming ballistic and cruise missiles. U.S. Space Command, MDA, and U.S. Missile Defense Agency personnel and contractors also will develop and assess the technology, create a robust missile warning environment, test the system’s capabilities, and establish situational awareness on such threats as they arise. The mission of a new SBIRS missile warning satellite will lead to improved mission operation and management of the network.

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Kerry Snyder, vice president for Space and National Security Affairs at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, and Eli Eastman, vice president of Space Systems for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, signed the MoU on behalf of the U.S. Space Command-U.S.MDA Strategic Partnership in Feb. 2018. Lockheed Martin and other partners will support this mission with the additional human assets deployed to counter missiles with any strategic indication of potential strength and threat. A U.S. missile warning satellite is a powerful tool for policymakers, mission planners, military commanders, and commercial operators to determine where their armed forces are vulnerable to offensive threats.


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