Lockheed Martin has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $26 million contract
25th Mar 2014
Lockheed Martin has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $26 million contract to support the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System (GPS) 3 Network Communications Element (NCE). These next-generation GPS 3 satellites are expected to improve position, navigation and timing services and also provide advanced anti-jam capabilities with improved system security, accuracy and reliability.
Lockheed Martin already has General Dynamics under contract to produce the NCE for the first four GPS 3 space vehicles, SV01-04, along with the procurement of long lead material for the second set of space vehicles, SV05-08. These NCE components provide the communications functions for the GPS 3 satellites, including the ground-to-space command and control channel, the space-to-space inter-satellite channel and the command and telemetry communications channels within each satellite. The components for SV01 and SV02 have been delivered, and those for SV03 and SV04 are scheduled for delivery by June 2014.