Raytheon Co., Aurora, Colorado, has been awarded a $378,129,190 bi-laterally negotiated contract modification (P00314) to previously-awarded contract FA8807-10-C-0001 – Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control Segment (OCX) for the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) replacing International Business Machines (IBM) Project. The value includes an unexercised option with a value of $22,438,800 and an increase to the available incentive fee pool of $4,100,091.
Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $75,000,000 are being obligated at time of award. The total cumulative value of the contract is $3,704,156,302. The contract modification will require Raytheon to replace IBM equipment with HPE equipment for all OCX Block 1 Deliverable Environments. The Department of the Air Force, U.S. Space Force, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity. Work will be performed in Aurora, Colorado, and is expected to be complete by April 30, 2022.
The current GPS system consists of two key segments: space and ground control. The space segment includes the constellation of multiple satellites currently on orbit, while the control segment consists of the ground-based stations that are responsible for tracking, monitoring, and updating of the satellites. As part of an historic modernization effort, Raytheon will deliver the full enhanced ground control segment, commonly referred to as GPS next-generation operational control system or GPS OCX in 2021.
In December of 2018, the US Air Force successfully launched the first next-generation GPS III satellites from Cape Canaveral Florida using the GPS OCX Launch and Checkout System (LCS). The Mission successfully completed the Launch and Early Orbit phase of the Mission on January 1, 2019 and will continue performing a multi-month on orbit checkout and test. Block 1 delivery will take place in 2021, providing full operational capability to include control of both legacy and modernized satellites and signals. Block 2, delivered concurrently with Block 1, adds operational control of the new international L1C and modernized Military Code signals.