Lockheed Martin has completed a key milestone in the development of the Space Based Infrared System satellite program, which just got a restructuring green light from Pentagon acquisition chief Ken Krieg. A company release states that Lockheed “successfully completed” an end-to-end test that shows the space and ground components can “work together.” Passing this test means Lockheed can proceed with launch of the first SBIRS geosynchronous orbit spacecraft. Lockheed expects delivery of the GEO payload from partner Northrop Grumman sometime this month. The companies already have one of the two contracted SBIRS highly elliptical orbit payloads on orbit.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.