5/6/2015 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Recently,
the Space and Missile Systems Center announced the successful
completion of the Capability Integration (CI) phase and transition into
the Capability Evaluation (CE) phase for its new Space Based Infrared
System (SBIRS) ground system, which is currently in development.
Completion of CI phase indicates the system has reached sufficient
maturity to enter the more formal CE testing phase and increases
confidence in the Air Force's planned operational acceptance of the
ground system in 2016.
The existing SBIRS ground system has been operational since 2001.
Currently, each of the three satellite types are controlled via three
ground software systems located at separate facilities. With the new
system, all operational control will be consolidated under one primary
Mission Control Station with a single backup control station. In
addition, the warfighter will experience a significant increase in
performance capability across SBIRS' four mission areas: missile
warning, missile defense, battlespace awareness and technical
"This was a major milestone for the program and a major step forward
towards SBIRS Ground operational acceptance next year. The combined
government and contractor team have come together and their hard work
and perseverance brought about this event," said Col. Mike Guetlein,
Remote Sensing Systems Program Office director.
The SBIRS program is managed by SMC's Remote Sensing Systems
Directorate. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, Calif.,
is the SBIRS prime contractor. Northrup Grumman Electronic Systems,
Azusa, Calif., is the payload integrator. The 460th Space Wing at
Buckley AFB in Aurora, Colo., operates the SBIRS system.
SBIRS delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and
infrared surveillance information to the president, secretary of
defense, combatant commanders, the intelligence community and other key
National Security decision makers. The system enhances global missile
launch detection capability, supports the nation's ballistic missile
defense system, expands the country's technical intelligence gathering
capacity and bolsters situational awareness for warfighters on the