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The Space Force has high hopes for its newly developed missile warning satellites, a new era of systems aiming to better detect enemy missiles and implement stronger protection against counter-space weapons.
The current Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) will be replaced by the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared platform (Next-Gen OPIR). Infrared sensors are a key component of intelligence-gathering because they can detect heat emanating from enemy missiles and alert other assets.
The Space Force plans to launch the first Next-Gen OPIR satellite in 2025. Because much of the information is confidential, officials have kept quiet about the new system’s full defense capabilities.
Source: National Defense