US STRATCOM chief wants new missile warning satellites sooner

04 December 2017

General John Hyten, head of US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) wants a new missile warning satellite constellation sooner, and said a 2029 delivery timeline is “ridiculous”.

“I was in a meeting in the Pentagon … and we’re discussing whether we should buy a functional equivalent of one of our current on-orbit satellites,” Gen Hyten said on 2 December at the Reagan National Defense Forum. He said he was told it would be “very risky if we can get that delivered by 2029”. It appeared he was referring to the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) project to supplement its Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) missile warning satellites with better protected assets.

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