US: General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has bagged a $25.4 million full-production contract from Lockheed Martin for continued work on the U.S. Air Force GPS III Network Communications Element (NCE) for space vehicles seven and eight (SV 07-08). The Air Force's next-generation GPS III satellites will improve position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities yielding superior system security, accuracy and reliability.
The Air Force’s GPS III satellites, in contrast to prior GPS vehicles, will deliver three times better accuracy, provide up to eight times more powerful anti-jamming capabilities and include enhancements that extend spacecraft life 25 percent further. They will also carry a new civil signal designed to be interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems, bettering civilian-user connectivity.
“Our continued close work with Lockheed Martin on the GPS III program, coupled with our in-depth mission understanding, allows us to provide the Air Force with the next-generation of reliable and affordable solutions to replace the aging constellation of GPS satellites currently in orbit," said Carlo Zaffanella, vice president and general manager of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance at General Dynamics.
Source: General Dynamics