Companies in the defense industry see assured PNT as a growing business as the military looks for equipment that can operate without GPS signals.
Lockheed Martin vice president Kay Sears said the new GPS 3F is a “brand new” satellite design and not a “carbon copy” of the GPS 3.
The first GPS 3F satellite is expected to be available for launch in 2026.
Until OCX Block 1 is available, Lockheed Martin’s upgraded legacy ground system will be used to integrate GPS 3 satellites into the operational constellation.
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If all goes as planned, the Air Force should have one new GPS 3 satellite in orbit before the end of 2018.
Experts say GPS can be strengthened but the military still needs alternatives.
The military wants to apply quantum computing to secure communications and inertial navigation in GPS denied environments.
Northrop Grumman executives said April 25 that the company declined to submit a proposal for the next set of GPS 3 satellites, all but guaranteeing that Lockheed Martin will win the competition.
Lockheed Martin executives said April 24 they are confident they will win an Air Force competition for the next set of GPS 3 navigation satellites as questions swirl about what other companies, if any, submitted proposals.
OCX effective April 1 transitioned to agile software development.
Defense and IT company Leidos triumphed over competitor Raytheon this week in a competition to build a hosted payload for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for honing GPS signals.
The annual SAR report looks at Defense Department acquisition programs' cost, schedule, and performance changes.
In a Feb. 13 solicitation, the Air Force announced it will “conduct a full and open competition” for the production of 22 GPS 3 satellites.
The U.S. military has moved to upgrade GPS spacecraft, control systems on the ground and user terminals with new security features. Fears are growing, however, as Russia’s military and other potential adversaries step up their electronic warfare game and come up with fresh techniques to deny U.S. forces access to positioning, navigation and timing data.