SBIRS GEO Flight 3, the next satellite scheduled to join the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS), in final assembly and test at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California. Credit: Lockheed Martin

WASHINGTON  — Lockheed Martin Space Systems won a $15 million contract modification for work on the Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, the service announced March 15.

The contract will be for “engineering, manufacture, and development” which will “enhance cyber capabilities on the operational SBIRS ground system,” the contract award said.

The work will be performed at the company’s Sunnyvale, California, and Boulder, Colorado, locations, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2019.

“As threats change around the world, Lockheed Martin is focused on staying one-step ahead of them, protecting and enhancing the resilience of SBIRS and other vital national assets,” said Lockheed Martin spokesman Chip Eschenfelder. “Lockheed Martin has significant experience in ground systems and cyber security, and we will bring all of that to bear on this contract.”

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is overseeing the contract. They reported that $13.4 million is being obligated at the time of the award using Fiscal Year 2017 research, development, testing, and evaluation funding.

The Lockheed-Martin built SBIRS constellation is the Air Force’s main missile-warning system, designed to detect missile launches, as well as track their course an estimate a point of impact.

Phillip Swarts is the military space reporter for SpaceNews. He previously covered space and advanced technology for Air Force Times, the Justice Department for The Washington Times, and investigative journalism for the Washington Guardian;...