ITT Exelis will develop satellite receivers the U.S. Air Force will use to forecast extreme weather conditions under a $3.2 million contract the company signed with Ball Aerospace &Technologies Corp..
Exelis aims to upgrade instruments that aim to calculate wind waves on the surface of oceans and devices that work to detect changes in atmospheric temperature, Exelis said Thursday.
The company’s electronic systems business will also design an apparatus based on a Global Precipitation Measurement Microwave Imager subsystem for the future GMI instruments.
Paul Eyring, an Exelis senior director, said the GMI receivers are designed to transmit weather information the military uses for planning missions.
Earlier this year, Exelis’ geospatial systmes business won a contract to help the Space and Missile Systems Center design a multi-purpose imaging system for the Air Force’s weather forecasting initiatives.