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03 Sep 03. Lockheed Martin announced that Raytheon, ITT, and General Dynamics have joined its team to develop the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning Satellite system, GPS III. Lockheed Martin had previously announced Spectrum Astro as a key partner on the program. The Lockheed Martin-led team is currently preparing for the GPS III Phase A competition.

“The addition of Raytheon, ITT, and General Dynamics further adds to the best of industry team we are putting together to provide an incredibly more innovative and capable system for our customer,” said John Sundquist, vice- president, Lockheed Martin Navigation Systems. “We are excited to combine our expertise with that of our partners in designing and producing a best value system that will be able to meet the needs of our customer for the next several decades.”

GPS III will address the challenging military transformational and civil needs across the globe, including advanced anti-jam capabilities, improved system security and accuracy, and reliability. The new satellite system will enhance space-based navigation and performance and set a new world standard for positioning and timing services. The team selected to meet this challenge will provide system and sustaining engineering, satellite development and production, Control Segment upgrades, and continuous research and development for this evolutionary system.

ITT will bring their experience in navigation payloads. Raytheon’s role on the Lockheed Martin team encompasses multiple elements of the GPS III Control Segment. General Dynamics’ role in GPS III will be to provide the communications payload, as well as modelling and simulation and systems security engineering support.

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