AZUSA, Calif.---Aerojet's DSP Post Production Support (DPPS) and Shield Support team was awarded a $40.5 million contract by the U.S. Air Force. In addition, the Air Force negotiated contract extension options for DPPS efforts in 2002 and 2003 valued at $82 million.
"The Aerojet/Air Force Team has worked extremely hard together for more than 30 years to assure the success of the DSP and DPPS programs," said Carl Fischer, Aerojet president. "The close partnership and united commitment to success have made these programs flagships for effective, cooperative management. I salute both the Aerojet and the USAF teams for their excellence and dedication.
"The contract award provides operations, maintenance, post production and constellation support for the DSP sensor; engineering and development for Shield efforts; and operations and maintenance support for the Aerospace Fusion Center (AFC) in Colorado Springs for fiscal year 2001. DPPS is a cost-plus-award fee contract.
The DSP satellite system reliably detects and reports real-time missile launches, space launches and nuclear detonations, serving as a valuable early-warning system for the nation's defenses. Aerojet has been designing and building DSP's 1,200-pound infrared sensors since the program's inception in 1970.
By rapid prototyping engineering and demonstration efforts, Shield/AFC strives to continuously improve the processing of both DSP and other data sources. On separate contracts, Aerojet also provides software systems for ground processing of DSP infrared data and uses the results of the Shield/AFC efforts.
Aerojet is continuing its advanced sensor, systems engineering and ground processing expertise on DSP's eventual replacement, SBIRS High - on the Lockheed Martin team, and is a member of the TRW/Raytheon SBIRS Low team.
Aerojet, a GenCorp company, is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader principally serving the space electronics, missile and space propulsion, and smart munitions and armaments markets.
Aerojet Defense Support Program Awarded$40.5 Million Post Production Contract From Air Force