COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, the USA (BulgarianMilitary.com) – On 9th January 2019, Lockheed Martin announced a GPS Control Segment Sustainment II (GCS II) contract with the U.S. Air Force, through which the company will continue to sustain and further modernize the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation’s ground control system through 2025, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
This is the follow-on contract to Lockheed Martin’s current GCS contract, which was awarded in 2013.
Maria Demaree, VP/GM Mission Solutions for Lockheed Martin Space, commented, “Lockheed Martin’s experience integrating GCS projects as well as the system engineering and software integration performed on GPS III Contingency Operations (COps) and M-Code Early Use (MCEU) position us well to deliver GCS II,” and added, “We look forward to supporting the Air Force as it deploys the next generation GPS III satellites and their new capabilities for our warfighters.”
Under the newly signed GCS II contract, the continued modernization of the GPS Architecture Evolution Plan Operational Control Segment (AEP OCS) will enable the GPS’ legacy ground control system to support the developed under the GPS III Contingency Operations (COps) program GPS III satellite on-orbit operations. COps will allow the AEP OCS to support the positioning, navigation and timing missions of the new GPS III satellites of the Air Force the launching of which started last year. Moreover, GCS II will maintain the operational M-code capability being deployed in 2020, which is being developed under the M-code Early Use (MCEU) contract. Operational M-code represents a critical warfighter capability to support missions in contested environments.
Under the preceding GCS contract, Lockheed Martin performed lots of engineering modifications to the OCS, which involve the COTS Upgrade 3(CUP3)/Ground Antenna Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) Interface Technology Refresh (GAITR) upgrade, the GPS Information Protection Reinforcement (GIPR) project, the Remote Site COTS Network (RSCN) project, the COTS Upgrade #2 (CUP2) project, as well as Red Dragon Cybersecurity Suite (RDCSS). The mentioned projects upgraded the infrastructure, advanced the cyber posture and added mission capability. The GCS II contract evolves so that the OCS to meet the current mission needs.
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Source: Lockheed Martin