Tuesday's briefing begins with DoD’s top acquisition official saying meeting on the troubled GPS ground control system produced a "mixed bag" of results.
The U.S. Air Force said June 30 that a next-generation ground system to control GPS satellites is critically over budget and has triggered a cost-control measure that presumes the program to be cancelled unless the Secretary of Defense certifies it should continue.
Pentagon leaders say a new ground system for the next-generation of GPS satellites, one that has stymied Air Force officials and led to expensive cost overruns, is the Defense Department’s most troubled acquisition program.
Frustrated with progress on a new ground system for the next-generation of GPS satellites the Pentagon hopes to start launching just over a year from now, the U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $96 million contract modification Feb. 4 to adapt the existing ground system to serve as a stop-gap measure.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said it held a successful flight test of its ground-based interceptor on Jan. 28, as part of an effort to correct long-standing problems with the missile’s kill vehicle.
A new missile co-developed by the United States and Japan is expected to participate in two intercepts tests later this year, Raytheon executives said Jan. 13.
The Pentagon's acquisitions czar vowed "very intense management" of Raytheon Co's work on a ground control network for GPS satellites and said the department would revisit other options if Raytheon's performance did not improve.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon a $2.3 billion contract modification to build as many as 52 Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block 1B interceptors.
The U.S. Air Force will be unable to leverage the full capabilities of its next-generation GPS 3 positioning, navigation and timing satellites after the service said the associated ground system faces continuing technical difficulties and needs at least two additional years of work.
The U.S. Defense Department’s top acquisition official is continuing to keep close tabs on the troubled ground system for the Air Force’s next-generation GPS satellites, a complex software development program that continues to raise red flags both at the Pentagon and in Congress.
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon will develop concepts for a kill vehicle capable of taking out multiple objects simultaneously under MDA study contracts.
The U.S. government has cleared the way for allies to purchase and deploy a Raytheon-built ballistic missile defense radar in forward-based mode, according to a June 11 press release from the company.