The U.S. Air Force intends to award a sole-source contract to Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems of Azusa, Calif., to continue providing ground segment and data exploitation services for the service’s space-based missile warning systems, according to a March 23 posting on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center requires support for its research and development activities for the overhead persistent infrared surveillance mission area. This work includes modeling, simulation and calibration work related to hosting an experimental missile warning sensor on a commercial communications satellite set for launch in early 2011. The contractor would also be required to support the exploitation of data from the Space Based Infrared System, for which Northrop Grumman is the infrared payload provider.

Other contractors capable of meeting the government’s requirements must submit a statement of qualifications by April 7, the posting said.