The U.S. Air Force is touting more than $1 billion of cost avoidance through a redesign of the Space-Based Infrared System (Sbirs) early missile warning satellite built by Lockheed Martin. Program leaders in the company and the service negotiated a modification to the June 2014 contract award for Sbirs geosynchronous (GEO) satellites 5-6, to introduce a “technology refresh” at no additional cost to the government, Col. Mike Guetlein, the Sbirs program manager for the Air Force, ...

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