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Defense Support Program

Northrop Gets $223M Contract to Sustain Defense Support Program Satellites

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a $222.5M contract to help the U.S. Space Force operate and maintain a constellation of satellites used to detect ballistic missile launches and nuclear detonations.

The company will Defense Support Program mission threats, address anomalies, provide space awareness as part of a DSP satellite lifetime extension program, the Department of Defense said Friday.

The Space and Missile Systems Center obligated $18M in fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds at the time of award.

Contract work will take place in California and Colorado through March 31, 2030.

DSP satellites, which function as the spaceborne component of the North American Aerospace Defense Command's Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment system, are built with infrared detectors that can sense missile plumes.

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