Training begins today at Schriever AFB, Colo. on Air Force Space Command’s most advanced payload—the Space Based Infrared System’s Highly Elliptical Orbit-1, launched last fall. According to an AFSPC release, the command has selected 10 airmen—crew commanders and crew chiefs first—to undergo the ground floor training for this new system. Among the advances of the SBIRS HEO-1 is its increased sensitivity, allowing operators to detect less visible missile launches and to more accurately locate them. It also allows operators to task the sensor to locate targets of opportunity.
The Pentagon awarded a contract worth over $2 billion for the next batch of F-35 engines to Pratt & Whitney on June 5. The deal for Lot 17 F135 engines, totaling $2.02 billion, is expected to be completed by December 2025.