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Millennium Space Systems Selects L3Harris for FOO Fighter

Notional image of FOO Fighter satellite [L3Harris press release image]

Millennium Space Systems selects L3Harris to build Space Development Agency electro-optical infrared payloads for FOO Fighter programme.

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Press Release, Melbourne FL, 02 May 2024: L3Harris Technologies has received a contract from Millennium Space Systems, a Boeing Company, to build eight infrared payloads for the Space Development Agency’s Fire-control On Orbit-support-to-the-war Fighter (FOO Fighter) programme.

The FOO Fighter satellite system will test new technologies that could aid in missile defence and will incorporate fire control-quality sensors into a scalable prototype constellation. The satellites represent a new, stand-alone programme that will track specific threats not addressed by the existing tracking constellation.

“As global threats continue to rise, these experimental FOO Fighter satellites will test new technologies to fill potential missile defence capability gaps within the Department of Defense portfolio,” said Ed Zoiss, President, Space & Airborne Systems, L3Harris. “Equipped with L3Harris electro-optical infrared sensors, the US will use the satellites to provide enhanced fire-control in support of global detection, warning and precision tracking of advanced missile threats, including hypersonic missile systems.”

L3Harris will manufacture the infrared payloads in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

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