The Department of Defense has announced that the Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, of Moorestown, New Jersey, a $914,699,474 fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-reimbursable and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering, manufacturing and development, production, and deployment for the Space Fence program. The Air Force received two bids on the contract.
According to Lockheed Martin, the Space Fence program will revamp the way the Air Force identifies and tracks objects in space. The Space Fence will use S-band ground-based radars to provide uncued detection, tracking and accurate measurement of space objects, primarily in low-earth orbit. The geographic separation and the higher wave frequency of the new Space Fence radars will allow for the detection of much smaller microsatellites and debris than current systems.
Lockheed Martin will have 52 months after contract award to reach initial operational capability.
Work will be performed at Moorestown, New Jersey, and Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of Marshall Islands.
For more information, see the DoD release.