The U.S. Air Force’s space and missile systems center awarded Raytheon Co. $27.4 million to develop a launch and checkout system for the Air Force’s GPS III satellites, the company announced Thursday.
Raytheon reported it will provide checkout and early launch for GPS III satellites, which are expected to launch in 2014.
The company was chosen in February 2010 as the prime contractor to develop the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System, which is scheduled for delivery in 2015.
“LCS will provide for the early identification and mitigation of any GPS III enterprise risks, support ground checkout and launch operations and resolve any anomalies prior to the first GPS III satellite launch,” said Ray Kolibaba, GPS OCX program manager for Raytheon’s intelligence and information systems business, according to the release.
On Jan. 6, Lockheed Martin was awarded a $21.5 million contract to provide a launch checkout system for the GPS III program.