SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has accepted a second Highly Elliptical Orbit payload and ground system modification from Lockheed Martin.
U.S. company Lockheed Martin announced the second HEO-2 payload and ground system modification for the Space Based Infrared System has been accepted for operations by the Air Force.
The SBIRS missile launch early warning technology is being developed by a Lockheed Martin-led team to support the Air Force with missile defense, technical intelligence and battle-space awareness. The accepted delivery marks a milestone for the HEO system and paves the way for future certification.
"HEO performance continues to be spectacular," Col. Roger Teague, the Air Force SBIRS wing commander, said in a statement.
"We are very proud to add the second HEO payload system to our growing constellation. This asset provides outstanding capabilities to combatant commanders and the excellent performance of this second HEO system is a true testament to the teamwork and dedication by the government and industry team."