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United States : AIR FORCE to ditch lockheed after GPS SATELLITE

June 21, 2014

Faced with delays in delivery of next-generation GPS III satellites by Lockheed Martin, the Air Force asked other vendors for proposals to develop and build up to 22 satellites.

The GPS III satellites will provide new and secure signals for military users and new signals for civil use which promise accuracy for the location-based applications on smart phones and tablets.

Lockheed has a contract for 8 GPS III satellites. The delays were caused by problems with the navigation payload. The Government Accountability Office estimated that the delays pushed the launch of the first GPS III satellite back by 21 months and increased costs by $300 million from $4.1 billion to $4.4 billion for the 8 Lockheed satellites.

The Air Force buys GPS satellites in generational blocks, each block representing an improvement over the previous.

The Air Force plans to let 2 contracts for development of new GPS III satellites, leading to an award of production contracts for 22 satellites in the 2017-2018 period, with the first satellite ready for launch in the 1Q of 2023.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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