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Air Force's Early Warning Satellites Get No-Cost Update from Lockheed Martin

Date: 9-June-2015 4:15 PM

Modernization will deliver affordable, next-generation capabilities to warfighters

Sunnyvale, Calif., June 08, 2015 - The U.S. Air Force's newest infrared surveillance and missile warning satellites will be based on Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) modernized A2100 spacecraft, an update that improves system affordability and resiliency while also adding the flexibility to use future payloads. The fifth and sixth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites will receive this advanced spacecraft technology at no additional cost to the existing fixed-price contract.

The SBIRS program is responsible for America's early missile warning and infrared surveillance missions, which are crucial to global security.

In response to the Department of Defense's need for more affordable and resilient systems, the Air Force and Lockheed Martin worked to add the A2100 bus update to the 2014 SBIRS block-buy contract, which already saved the Air Force more than $1 billion. The modernized A2100 adds further affordability by using common components, streamlined manufacturing and has a flexible design that reduces the cost to incorporate future, modernized sensor suites.

"Through the leadership of the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center, we have been working to address the Department of Defense's Better Buying Power and Bending the Cost Curve initiatives to deliver more value per dollar on this vital national security system," said David Sheridan, Lockheed Martin vice president and SBIRS program manager. "SBIRS has been providing outstanding global coverage for the Air Force, and migration to the modernized A2100 will help keep SBIRS ahead of America's adversaries while dramatically reducing costs and cycle times."

The modernized A2100 builds on a flight-proven bus that is the foundation for more than 40 satellites in orbit today. Through an internally-funded, multi-year modernization effort, Lockheed Martin has enhanced the spacecraft's power, propulsion and electronics, while also adopting the latest advanced manufacturing techniques to decrease production costs and timelines.

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This is the full Air Force release

http://www.losangeles.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123450364

SBIRS Awards Technical Refresh Modification

Posted 6/9/2015   Updated 6/9/2015

from SMC/PA

6/9/2015 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  -- The Space and Missile Systems Center recently completed negotiations on the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company's Space Based Infrared System Technical Refresh proposal and awarded the contract modification today.  The effort will modernize the Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting spacecraft for the fifth and sixth satellites at no additional cost to the contract, originally awarded in June 2014. This modernization effort builds upon the cost savings achieved from the innovative block-buy contracting approach and a range of production and management efficiencies that resulted in more than $1 billion of savings.

"This is a significant event in the history of the SBIRS system," said Col.Mike Guetlein, the Remote Sensing System Directorate's program director.  "It brings the next generation of remote sensing satellites into the 21st century by partnering with industry to leverage their expertise and resources all while simultaneously delivering more capability to the warfighter. Additionally, the modernized satellite provides a pathway for implementing the next-generation of capabilities being pursued under the Air Force's Space Modernization Initiative.  In the end, the next generation capabilities will enable warfighters to see dimmer targets faster which will allow commanders to keep our troops on the battlefield, as well as our nation and our allies, safe."

Lockheed Martin submitted the proposal on December 8, 2014 with the recommendation to update the current A2100 satellite with a modernized version that is functionally equivalent to the current SBIRS baseline.  Benefits of the modernization include increased commonality with other space systems, added satellite resiliency, reduced parts obsolescence, potential for a significant cost savings on future satellite buys and increased interface flexibility on the satellite to ease future modernization of the on-board sensor suite.

With this modification, SMC continues to showcase its aggressive use of the Department of Defense's "Better Buying Power" and the Air Force's "Bending the Cost Curve Affordability and Productivity" initiatives. The SBIRS effort leverages a number of strong partnership-with-industry initiatives including improved cost management for affordability, the use of a fixed-price-incentive (firm target) contract, removing barriers to commercial technology utilization, improving productivity of Independent Research and Development and emphasizing technology refresh in program planning.

Implementing the SBIRS production effort under a fixed-price-incentive (firm target) arrangement caps the contract cost to the Air Force, while simultaneously allowing the Air Force to realize the technical benefits of modernization.  "The incentive contract arrangement opened up opportunities for the Air Force to restructure the business deal to appropriately share cost risk with Lockheed Martin.  It also allowed us to rebalance the incentives between cost, schedule and system performance to ensure alignment with our program goals to field an amazing capability for our warfighters," said Guetlein. The Air Force is taking advantage of a streamlined approach that merges military requirements with Lockheed Martin's best practices to improve commonality across military and commercial programs. Additionally, this effort leverages a significant internal investment by Lockheed Martin in the A2100 satellite product line.  SBIRS directly benefits from a majority of the redesign and requalification of hardware and software occurring under the company's internal investment program.

Over time, the SBIRS spacecraft has had redesigns between spacecraft buys to address parts and production process obsolescence. The Technical Refresh project provided a cost-effective opportunity to modernize the design through the use of recently developed electronic subsystems from the Global Positioning System, Advanced Extremely High Frequency and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites programs.  Additionally, it brings commonality to Air Force's space systems which will simplify production efforts, reduce obsolescence and drive down costs while increasing capability and resiliency.

"Implementing the satellite modification at no additional cost to the Government reflects a true win-win agreement for the Air Force and Lockheed Martin," said Guetlein. "In addition to Lockheed Martin still having to meet SBIRS contractual requirements, the Air Force reduced its cost liability by decreasing the contract ceiling, obtained data rights to facilitate future program objectives and ensured the satellites were compatible with multiple launch vehicles, while allowing Lockheed Martin to achieve a merger of its product lines in order to achieve production efficiencies."

"This is an exciting day in SMC's history," said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of SMC and the Air Force's Program Executive Officer for Space. "These negotiations mark a new way of doing business through a stronger partnership with industry.  Together, Lockheed Martin and the Air Force are able to provide more capability to the warfighter while reducing program costs and keeping our focus on mission assurance.  I am very proud of the teamwork between the Air Force and Lockheed Martin over the last six months."

The SBIRS program is managed by the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center.  Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, Calif. is the SBIRS prime contractor, and Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Azusa, Calif., is the payload integrator.  The 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., operates the SBIRS system.  The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile-warning and infrared-surveillance information to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders, the Intelligence Community and other key decision makers.  The system enhances global missile launch detection capability, supports the nation's ballistic missile defense system, expands the country's technical intelligence gathering capacity and bolsters situational awareness for warfighters on the battlefield.

The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force's center for acquiring and developing military space systems.  Its portfolio includes GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space-based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.
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http://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1328966/critical-design-review-for-next-generation-geo-satellites-a-success/#.Wc2D3x2-bSM.facebook

The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Remote Sensing Systems Directorate and prime contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, successfully completed a system Critical Design Review for the Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting satellites GEO-5 and GEO-6 on Sept. 8.

The successful CDR marks the capstone event, culminating 18 months of lower level reviews, which authorizes the next two satellites in the Space Based Infrared Systems constellation to enter into manufacturing and integration phase. GEO-5 and GEO-6 are tentatively scheduled for delivery in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

“The biggest improvement to GEOs 5 and 6 is resiliency, a key component of the Space Warfighting Construct initiative that will ensure our ability to maintain space superiority into the 21st century,” said Col. Dennis Bythewood, director of SMC’s Remote Sensing Systems Directorate.  “These improvements will ensure that the SBIRS constellation continues to provide the military readiness and deterrence capabilities that our nation and its leaders rely upon.”

GEO-5 and GEO-6 have similar designs to the first four GEO satellites to allow for cost savings. However, through a technical refresh update to the A2100 bus, they will eliminate older components and utilize modern electronics to add new capability and increase reliability.

The SBIRS program is the follow-on to the Air Force’s 47-year-old Defense Satellite Program and delivers timely, reliable, and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to the president, warfighters, intelligence community, and other key decision makers. It celebrated the launch of its first GEO satellite May 7, 2011 and is scheduled to launch its fourth GEO satellite in January 2018.

The CDR was led by SMC’s Remote Sensing Systems Directorate at the Lockheed Martin production facility in Sunnyvale, California, and attended by observers from Air Force Space Command, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitions, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, and the Lockheed Martin Corporation. During the review, the Remote Sensing Program Office formally declared Lockheed Martin had demonstrated the design maturity required to authorize the continuation of all manufacturing and integration efforts for both satellites.

SMC’s Remote Sensing Systems Directorate manages the SBIRS program. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, California, is the SBIRS prime contractor, and Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Azusa, California, is the payload integrator.

The 460th Space Wing at Buckley AFB in Aurora, Colorado, operates the SBIRS constellation. The SBIRS system enhances global missile launch detection capability, supports the nation’s ballistic missile defense system, expands the country’s technical intelligence gathering capability and bolsters situational awareness for warfighters on the battlefield.

SMC, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California, is the U.S. Air Force Space Command's center of excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes the Global Positioning System, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch enterprise, satellite control networks, remote sensing systems, and space situational awareness capabilities
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