US Air Force and Lockheed Martin Constructing Space Fence Radar System in the Marshall Islands

lockheed martinU.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin have begun construction of a S-band ground based radar system; designed to replace the 50 year old space surveillance system, Lockheed said Monday.

The radar system will sit on a six acre site on the island of Kwajalein Atoll, part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

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Lockheed was awarded the $915 million Space Fence engineering and manufacturing contract in June of 2014.

ANEC Foster Wheeler and General Dynamics are working with Lockheed to build Space Fence.

Steve Bruce, vice president for advanced systems at Lockheed’s mission systems and training business, commented that Space Fence will enable the Air Force to locate and track hundreds of thousands of objects orbiting Earth with more precision than ever before to help reduce the potential for collisions with our critical space-based infrastructure.

The system is scheduled to go online in 2018.


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