Raytheon says GAO never discussed its findings on the OCX program with the company. The watchdog agency disagrees.
GAO predicts the OCX schedule will continue to slip. Raytheon: “The GAO findings are inaccurate.”
The Air Force awarded a $462 million contract to Lockheed Martin to continue the modernization of the GPS ground control system.
Building and launching spacecraft sometimes gets so much attention that the ground segment — user terminals, command and control systems and network operations —isn’t always ready even after a satellite is in space.
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.
Following an acknowledgment of another deployment extension for the GPS 3 ground control network, the U.S. Air Force publicly and forcefully called on contractor Raytheon to put the program back on track.
“We are very much enamoured with our system engineering processes in the Department,” said Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the leader of Air Force Material Command.
Raytheon’s long-embattled ground control system for GPS is back on track following a government contract breach last year that prompted the U.S. Air Force to work with the company to revise the program’s budget and schedule, the program manager said.
The Pentagon gave the go-ahead to continue work on the troubled GPS ground system, saying that the restructured program is making progress on key milestones.
Harris Corp. on Sept. 28 said it delivered the first of 34 modernized satellite receivers to Raytheon for the next-generation GPS ground system Raytheon is developing for the U.S. Air Force.