Peterson breaks ground on new weapons system

The 16th Space Control Squadron will break ground for its newest weapons system, the upgraded Rapid Attack, Identification, Detection and Reporting System Block-10.

The squadron is part of the 21st Operations Group at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

The new program consists of a central operating location and a variety of transportable antennas deployed around the world to detect, characterize, geolocate and report sources of radio frequency interference on U.S. military and commercial satellites in direct support of combatant commanders.

The 16th SPCS is Air Force Space Command’s First Defensive counter-space unit, and already operates RAIDRS space control capabilities.

Airman from the SPCS have provided the majority of support for Operation Silent Sentry, the original RAIDRS Deployable Ground Segment that has been continually deployed since 2005.

The new system is expected be fully operational by 2013.