Raytheon Intelligence & Space Completes Next Gen OPIR GEO Block 0 Milestone

Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared satellites. (Credit: Raytheon Intelligence & Space)

Sensor payload design for missile warning system tested for space survivability

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Feb. 9, 2022 (Raytheon Intelligence & Space PR) – Raytheon Intelligence & Space has completed Thermal Vacuum Testing of its sensor payload for the U.S. Space Force’s Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared, or Next-Gen OPIR GEO, Block 0 missile warning satellites designed and built by spacecraft prime contractor Lockheed Martin. Testing was completed on Jan. 27, 2022.

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Northrop Grumman Wins $2.37 Billion Contract for Missile Warning Satellites

The U.S. Space Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $2.375 million contract to develop two Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) missile warning satellites.

The award is a modification to a $47 million contract to analyze system and payload requirements for the two polar orbiting satellites.

“This modification adds Phase One for design/development, critical path flight hardware procurement, and risk reduction efforts leading to a critical design review to the basic contract,” the Defense Department said in a statement.

“Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $70,500,000 are being obligated at the time of award,” Total cumulative face value of the contract is $2,419,295,532,” the statement added.

Northrop Grumman will perform the work in Redondo Beach, Calif. Work is expected to be completed by December 2025.