Northrop Grumman wins U.S. Air Force contract for next-generation GPS ground control
Under the 18-month cost plus award fee contract, Northrop Grumman’s Team OCX will provide architecture design; communications and network engineering; information assurance and security; modeling and simulation; network management; software development; support, maintenance and implementation; systems engineering and integration; and test and evaluation.
If Northrop Grumman’s Team OCX is selected to proceed into system development, the program could potentially be valued at more than $1 billion.
The OCX modernization will provide mission enterprise control support for the nation’s existing GPS Block II and future Block III satellites. The GPS ground control segment includes satellite command and control, mission planning, constellation management, monitoring stations and ground antennas.
Northrop Grumman has supported the study of state-of-the-art capabilities in satellite control segment software and hardware architecture since 2005 and has developed innovative architectures to meet OCX performance requirements.
Northrop Grumman’s Team OCX includes Harris Corp., Melbourne, Fla.; Integral Systems Inc., Lanham, Md.; General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Arlington, Va.; Infinity Systems Engineering, Colorado Springs, Colo.; NAVSYS Corp., Colorado Springs; and Applied Minds, Glendale, Calif.