Lockheed Martin gets $7.2Bn contract for 22 GPS III Follow-On satellites
- September 17, 2018
The U.S. Air Force has chosen Lockheed Martin to build 22 next-generation Global Positioning System satellites worth up to $7.2 billion, part of a major effort to modernize the GPS constellation of satellites.
USAF Secretary Heather Wilson said: “The world is dependent on GPS, from getting directions to getting cash from an ATM or trading on the stock exchange.
“These satellites will provide greater accuracy, and improved anti-jamming capabilities, making them more resilient.”
Weighing 3,680kg, the GPS III is a military communication satellite designed to provide modern anti-jam potentialities, superior system security, accuracy, reliability, and meliorated position, navigation and timing (PNT) services.
Under the contract, the first GPS IIIF satellite is expected to be available for launch in 2026.