Lockheed Martin's first SBIRS HEO system certified

SUNNYVALE, Calif., 17 Dec. 2008. The first Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO-1) payload and ground system, built by a Lockheed Martin team, has been certified for operations by U.S. Strategic Command.

SBIRS is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and support other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence, and battlespace awareness.

PALMDALE, Calif., 17 Dec. 2008.Northrop Grumman unveiled the first of the U.S. Navy's new unmanned combat aircraft yesterday at a ceremony attended by Navy officials, state and local government representatives, suppliers and Northrop Grumman employees. The new aircraft, designated the X-47B Navy Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS), is the first of two aircraft Northrop Grumman will produce for the Navy to demonstrate unmanned combat aircraft operations from the deck of an aircraft carrier.

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