New US missile early warning satellite will be launched in 2025 through design and test

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 New US missile early warning satellite will be launched in 2025 through design and test


[Global Network Military Reporting] According to the US website C4ISRNET on October 11, the US Air Forces next generation early warning missile satellite, which is used to replace the next generation of space-based infrared systems, has completed a preliminary design review and the service was officially released on October 10. It is said that this system is the next generation of high-altitude persistent infrared (OPIR) system being built by the US military to replace the space-based infrared system, which is an important part of the current US missile defense system. The Space and Missile Systems Center has won five contracts for the next generation of OPIR satellites: three in geosynchronous orbit and two in polar regions.

Lockheed Martin was chosen to develop the first three satellites, while Northrop Grumman was selected to design the remaining two. According to the U.S. Air Force, the review is an important milestone, meaning that the plan is expected to be delivered by 2025.

The first three next generation OPIR satellites will use the enhanced Lockheed Martin 2100 public satellite bus. According to the U.S. Air Force, these enhancements include eliminating obsolete equipment, inserting modern electronic devices into multiple subsystems, and enhancing resilience, all of which apply to the next generation of OPIR missions.

The U.S. Air Force has also accelerated the timetable for the next generation of OPIR satellites, enabling them to deliver their first satellite in 2025. This requires more money than was originally expected. The U.S. Air Force has been trying to transfer the required funds to the program through reprogramming requests, but differences between the competing versions of the annual defense budget of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have made the Air Forces requirements unlikely. But the U.S. Army believes that reprogramming can keep the next generation of OPIR going smoothly.

Despite the recent shortage of funds due to the plans accelerated response to this threat, Congresss support for the $161 million reprogramming requirement of the Department of Defense has put the plan on track and the United States believes it can fill the remaining gap in fiscal 2020 to deliver its first satellite in 2025.

Upon completion of the preliminary design review, the plan could continue to develop through the construction and integration of engineering design units for key subsystems and the procurement of key long-lead flight hardware for the first delivery of the space shuttle in 2025.

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