Lockheed Martin has completed its work to update a ground control system that supports the U.S. Air Force‘s Global Positioning System satellite constellation.
Lockheed said Thursday the Commercial Off-the-Shelf Upgrade #2 project is part of the Air Force’s multi-year plan to modernize the GPS constellation’s legacy Operational Control Segment.
CUP2 became fully operational on Oct. 15 and began to manage the constellation’s 31 GPS IIR, IIR-M and IIF satellites, Lockheed added.
Vinny Sica, Lockheed mission solutions vice president and general manager, said the Air Force and company installed a software upgrade and modern commercial hardware in efforts to boost the GPS control system’s capacity to mitigate cyber threats.
Sica added continued system modernization work aims to help sustain navigation services for U.S. military and global GPS users.
The Air Force awarded the CUP2 project to Lockheed in November 2013 under the GPS Control Segment contract.
CUP2 represents the third major technology refresh of the GPS command and control system since the GCS contract was launched in January 2013.