WASHINGTON — Harris Information Technology Services of Herndon, Virginia, will continue providing operations, maintenance and logistics support to the U.S. Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) under a contract modification worth $37.9 million, the Defense Department announced Sept. 30.

The contract covers the nearly nine-month period from Sept. 29, 2015, through June 16, 2016, and is the 10th option under the contract, the announcement said. The work will be performed at a number of sites including Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Harris’ contract is being folded into the broader Consolidated AFSCN Modifications, Maintenance and Operations (CAMMO) contract expected to be awarded in the coming weeks. In addition to the Harris contract, CAMMO will consolidate AFSCN support contracts held by Honeywell Technology Services of Columbia, Maryland, and Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions of Herndon.

The Harris extension is intended to bridge any gap between the current AFSCN support contracts and CAMMO, according to an industry source. It can be terminated once the consolidated program is up and running, the source said.

Harris, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin and L-3 Defense Solutions of Reston, Virginia, are the likely bidders on the CAMMO contract, expected to be worth $500 million to $1 billion over 7.5 years.

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