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SMC Announces Contract Award for Next Generation GPS Control Segment

Posted 11/21/2007   Updated 11/21/2007 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 061107

11/21/2007 - Los Angeles Air Force Base -- Officials from the Space and Missile Systems Center's Global Positioning Systems Wing announced the award today of the Next Generation GPS Control Segment (OCX) contracts to Northrop Grumman Corporation Space & Mission Systems of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Raytheon Company Intelligence & Information Systems of Aurora, Colo.

The two OCX contracts are planned to be 18 months in duration and worth $160 million each. These contract efforts will reduce the risks of developing OCX and will include a System Requirements Review, System Design Review, Modernized Capability Engineering Model and will support Key Decision Point B. At the KDP-B milestone, the Air Force will down-select to a single prime contractor to continue development of OCX.

OCX will replace the current Operational Control System, maintaining backwards compatibility with the Block IIR and IIR-M constellation and enabling new modernized capabilities onboard the Block IIR-M and IIF satellites. In addition, OCX will provide command and control (C2) of new capabilities associated with the new GPS III family of satellites.

"The new capabilities provided by OCX will be the cornerstone for revolutionizing GPS C2 and mission capabilities," according to Colonel Dave Madden, commander, Global Positioning Systems Wing. "OCX will shift the focus of GPS operations from satellite C2, transforming the C2 to user-oriented, effects-based operations, enabling Air Force Space Command to greatly enhance GPS operational services to our nation's combat forces, civil partners and myriad of domestic and international users." 

"OCX will allow AFSPC to effectively and efficiently plan and control full spectrum precision position, navigation and timing information for all GPS user communities. OCX will achieve this vision by implementing an incremental development approach, based on an architectural foundation that allows the system to responsively and gracefully evolve to meet growing GPS mission requirements," said Colonel Madden.

The Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force's center of acquisition excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems including six wings and three groups responsible for GPS, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control network, space based infrared systems, intercontinental ballistic missile systems and space situational awareness capabilities. SMC manages more than $60 billion in contracts, executes annual budgets of $10 billion and employs more than 6,800 people worldwide. 

Media representatives can submit questions for response or requests for interviews regarding this topic by sending an email to: smcpa.media@losangeles.af.mil.

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