The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing two GPS IIF contract options valued at $172.3 million.
The first award is a $143.9 million contract modification to the existing Navstar Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIF contract that exercises the option to begin production of three satellites, Space Vehicles (SV) 07 through 09. These satellites will be completed by June 2008.
A second contract for $28.4 million exercises an option for long-lead hardware for the production of an additional three GPS IIF satellites, SV-10 through 12. The first three GPS IIF spacecraft currently are in various stages of assembly, integration and test at Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo , California.
The GPS IIF satellites are designed for flexibility and growth, have improved anti-jam capability and secure operational military codes. Additionally, the IIF satellites built under this contract option will enable the Air Force to sustain the overall GPS constellation at peak performance to support global military needs. The first GPS IIF launch is scheduled for 2007.
The Space and Missile Systems Center manages the GPS program through a joint program office at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.