The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center recently disclosed that it offered United Launch Alliance (ULA) a contract that costs about a $149 Million. The intention of this contract is the modification of the National Reconnaissance Office mission (NROL-68)’s Delta 4 Heavy launch. This is said to be the ULA’s 2nd mission, which was offered to under the Launch Vehicle Production Services (LVPS) agreement.
Under the latest $449.8 Million LVPS deal, in October 2018, ULA was granted about three NRO missions, namely, NROL-68, NROL-70, and NROL-91. Reportedly, these missions will be launched in financial years 2023, 2024, and 2022, respectively. The latest announcement attracted some reactions from the majority of the space industry watchers on social media. They knew that in recent years Delta 4 Heavy launches have commanded a charge of approximately $350 Million.
On a similar note, the U.S. Air Force came into the news as it successfully completed the concluding test of a pioneering war-fighting concept this week. Reportedly, this test might work as a game-changer for the forthcoming adaptive-basing constructs. The Combat Support Wing proof-of-concept capstone assignment is crafted by the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. Reportedly, the same assignment is hosted by the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina from the Air Combat Command.
The assignment was aimed at testing the capability of three teams of approximately 30 Airmen each to set up and operate an airfield in a strict environment. In this assignment, the Airmen had to protect the base and restock and rearm F-15E Strike Eagles. For this activity, they had to employ multifunctional abilities they learned in training events over the past month. This concept backs National Defense Strategy priorities to develop pioneering operational concepts and boost lethality in contested environments.