The US Air Force has awarded a $262.5m contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems for the procurement of long-lead parts and materials for the satellites developed under the Space-Based Infrared Systems programme.

Under the contract, the company will procure the materials for the development for the 4th Space-Based Infrared Systems Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Satellite and the 4th Highly Elliptical Orit Payload.

The Space-Based Infrared Systems Wing, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, has awarded the procurement contract.