Boeing has teamed up with Raytheon and Harris to continue future development and sustainment work on the US Air Force’s (USAF) GPS Control Segment Sustainment (GCSS) contract.

Boeing Mission Operations director, Sparky Olsen, said: "This team brings together the best of industry in the current GPS sustainment effort and ensures a smooth transition to the next-generation system."

The contract will extend the existing GPS Operational Control Segment programme, until its transitioning to the next-generation control segment, GPS OCX, currently being developed by Raytheon, as part of the $1.6m contract awarded in February 2010.

Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems vice president and OCX programme manager, Ray Kolibaba, said: "The Boeing, Raytheon, and Harris team is a natural fit for the GCSS effort because it leverages our current working relationship with Boeing and ensures an absolutely seamless transition from the current system to OCX."

Developed with support from Boeing, the programme will eventually replace the air force’s current GPS Operational Control System, to provide more secure, accurate, and precise satellite navigation for effectively supporting military, humanitarian and commercial applications worldwide.

As part of a new ‘Public Private Partnership’ arrangement, the USAF’s Ogden Air Logistics Center will also join the team to support the software sustainment at the Boeing Mission Operations Support Center in Colorado Springs, US.

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