GAO in its annual assessment of DoD acquisition programs says Next-Gen OPIR “faces multiple challenges."
Raytheon and a Northrop Grumman/Ball Aerospace team designed competing sensor payloads for the Next-Gen OPIR geosynchronous satellites.
The contract is for two Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared missile warning satellites to be deployed in polar orbits.
The Wide Field of View satellite is scheduled to launch in August 2021.
The five-year contract is to develop the Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution, or FORGE.
Big-money satellite procurements remain firmly in the clutch of the big primes. Nowhere is this more apparent than in missile defense satellite programs.