SIU Jobs Secure Aboard SBX-1


December 2011


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The Defense Department in early November announced that Interocean American Shipping Corp. (IAS) has been awarded a contract to operate and maintain the sea-based X-Band Radar platform known as SBX-1 for the U.S. Military Sealift Command. The contract is for one year but includes options that would bring the total agreement to five years.


IAS already had been operating the SBX-1, with an SIU crew, under terms of a prior contract.


According to the recent government announcement, the vessel “will be deployed to the Pacific Ocean to provide ballistic missile-tracking information to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System (GMD). SBX-1 will also provide advanced target and countermeasures discrimination capability for the GMD interceptor missiles.”


The U.S. Missile Defense Agency reports that the SBX-1 can sail at up to eight knots. The unique vessel measures 240 feet wide, 390 feet long, and 280 feet high from its keel to the top of the radar dome (radome).


The SBX-1 features an advanced X-Band radar mounted aboard an oceangoing, semi-submersible platform. It is twin-hulled, self-propelled and very stable in rough seas.



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