Lock­heed Martin wins $7.2B Air Force satel­lite con­tract

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - BUSINESS -

DEN­VER » The U.S. Air Force says it is award­ing Lock­heed Martin a $7.2 bil­lion con­tract to build 22 next-gen­er­a­tion Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem satel­lites.

Air Force Sec­re­tary Heather Wil­son said in a Fri­day state­ment the satel­lites, known as GPS 3 Fol­low-On, “will pro­vide greater ac­cu­racy, and im­proved anti-jam­ming ca­pa­bil­i­ties, mak­ing them more re­silient.”

Chip Eschen­felder, a spokesman for Lock­heed Martin Space, says the satel­lites will be built at the com­pany’s Water­ton cam­pus in the Den­ver sub­urb of Lit­tle­ton.

The Air Force says the first GPS IIIF satel­lite could be ready for launch in 2026.

Lock­heed has been con­struct­ing 10 GPS 3 satel­lites for the Air Force un­der a pre­vi­ous con­tract.

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