Lockheed Deploys 3 of 6 Receivers for Air Force GPS Monitoring Stations; Vinny Sica Comments

Vinny Sica

Lockheed Martin has delivered three satellite signal receivers to the U.S. Air Force as part of efforts to update the service branch’s global positioning system monitoring stations at six international locations.

The company said Monday the Monitor Station Technology Improvement Capability receivers will work to build on the accuracy of GPS satellite signals for navigation and positioning applications.

Vinny Sica, vice president and general manager of mission solutions for Lockheed, said the receivers are designed to support the monitoring of modern navigation signals and address risks associated with obsolescence.

Lockheed is under contract to develop six MSTIC receivers and deploy them to the monitoring stations in a move to modernize the existing GPS ground control system through the Architecture Evolution Plan Operational Control Segment program, the company added.

MSTIC units feature software-defined radio technology and are set to replace the hardware-based application-specific integrated circuit platform of the legacy Monitor Station Receiver Element.

The delivered receivers are located at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, at Kwajalein Atoll in the southern region of the Pacific Ocean and in Hawaii.

Lockheed noted it plans to deploy the remaining three MSTIC receivers by the end of the year.

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