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Lockheed Books $978M SSC Contract Modification for Next-Gen Missile Warning Satellite Program

The U.S. Space Force has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a potential five-year, $977.6 million contract modification from Space Systems Command to continue providing development, operational testing and interim contractor support for two future missile warning satellites in geosynchronous orbit.

The Department of Defense said Friday the Phase 2.1B contract modification also covers on-orbit development, test, tuning and calibration of the main mission payload as part of the Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared Geosynchronous System.

According to DOD, the latest award brings the Next-Generation OPIR contract’s total cumulative face value to $8.2 billion.

Work will occur in California and Colorado and is expected to conclude on July 31, 2029.

SSC will obligate $183.6 million using fiscal 2024 research, development, test and evaluation funds.

Next-Gen OPIR Geosynchronous System

In 2018, Lockheed’s space business secured a potential $2.93 billion contract to design and build three missile warning satellites for the Next Generation OPIR Geosynchronous System, which is designed to replace the Space Based Infrared System.

According to SpaceNews, the Space Force reduced the number of GEO satellites from three to two as part of a strategy to disaggregate capabilities for missile warning through the diversification of satellite orbits.

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